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Oren's best book yet,
This review is from: Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed Oren's book "Six Days of War", so I decided to read this book (which is quite a heavy read). This book definitely exceeded my expectations, and in my opinion is his best book so far. Oren manages to successfully depict America's relationship with the Middle East, from the outset till the present. What I think is important about a work like this, is that it allows one to see the wider picture in a totality. This is something which is important in the current time, as people tend to make subjective observations about events, and then go on to make warped judgements. For example, Oren goes into great detail about the "Barbary Wars". This proves that it is not oil and the Israeli-Arab conflict, which have been driving violence in the Middle East, as some say. As a result of the Barbary Wars, the U.S.A was forced to commission a top class navy, and some could say this was the beginning of their rise to power. I highly recommend this book, if you are looking for a stimulating and enlightening read.