May 26, 2009

World of Trouble

This book chronicles the relationship between the American presidency and policies toward the Middle East from the Eisenhower administration through George W. Bush. Tyler shows how complex the motivations are regarding the area--from geostrategic positioning to negotiating for allies, from interests in oil to support of democracy--and how these decisions are often further muddied by the goals of local leaders, the ambitions of political subordinates and adversaries, and lack of knowledge about the domestic politics and cultures of the countries involved. This book presents are rarely-seen perspective of the president highlighting the human challenges that each man faces in the pursuit of his official duties and ideological goals.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East--From the Cold War to the War on Terror
Patrick Tyler
DS 63.2 .U5 T95 2009