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5.0 out of 5 stars For geopolitical analysts and enthusiasts who want to know more about American policy towards Middle East, 18 Dec. 2013
This review is from: America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East (Kindle Edition)
"America's Great Game" written by Hugh Wilford is book of an unusual theme that speaks about a little known history of the CIA's pro-Arab operations happened in the 40s and 50s of last century.

Wilford conducted an exhaustive research of historical documents that were meantime declassified by government but also used many private collections and made numerous interviews to learn about influential CIA agents which significantly influenced American foreign policy towards the Arab countries and Israel, and with their activities repeatedly directed not only American activities in region, but also the global policy towards these countries.

The author tells his story through the lives of CIA's three most influential American Arabs who performed a variety of tasks related to Middle East countries.
The first one was Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt who was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and lead CIA covert actions in the region, while his cousin Archie Roosevelt was leading the Beirut station. The third member of presented trio is Miles Copeland, who was covert operations specialist that entered the CIA service during the 40s.
They three, led by Kim, advocated moderate path to Arab countries in same time supporting Israel, but not giving them level of support that this country surrounded by the Arab world wanted and expected.

The reader will learn about numerous conflicts that have been led these years inside the CIA in terms of such moderate policy, in the world that during those years began to fully share in the two blocks, almost without allowing nonalignment to one of the sides.
The author also well described the background of the Iranian regime overthrow and the Shah inauguration as the leader of the Iranian government.

Overall, this is a well-made book that explains many of the events that occurred during and immediately after the Second World War on the Middle East, and whose consequences can be even felt in recent decades in this part of the world that is a steady epicenter of global uncertainty.
For this reason its reading can certainly be recommended to geopolitical analysts and enthusiasts who want to know more information that will help them better understanding about the causes of today events in this part of the world.
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