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Enemy on the Euphrates: The British Occupation of Iraq and the Great Arab Revolt 1914-1921 Hardcover – Illustrated, 12 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 471 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (12 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863567622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863567629
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Ian Rutledge's brilliant book reveals the folly and delusion of invading Iraq. Read it and shudder.' Nicholas Rankin, author of Churchill's Wizards: The British Genius for Deception 1914-1945

'Material with acute relevance to the crisis now tearing Iraq to pieces' Robert Fisk, Independent

'Readers will find plenty of food for thought in Ian Rutledge s well-crafted and lively account ... While offering abundant detail on military operations, lines of communications and warfare tactics, Enemy on the Euphrates also makes for a very lively and human-centred read of imperial history. Populated by a remarkable crowd of spies, diplomats, soldiers, clerics and tribal leaders, Rutledge s account displays almost a novelist s taste for intrigue, espionage, gunboat diplomacy, personal hardship and murder. BBC History Magazine

'An excellently produced book that admirably succeeds in illuminating an important episode in British imperial history' History Today

'The description of the military campaign is masterful ... maintains a high level of suspense' Peter Sluglett, author of Britain in Iraq: Contriving King and Country

'This gripping narrative brings to life the human side of these violent events through vivid descriptions and anecdotes.' Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

'[A] rare treasure that combines a fascinating account of important historical events with penetrating analysis. Anyone seeking an understanding of the role of oil in shaping modern Middle Eastern history will want to read this book.' Michael Klare, author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources

'Sobering, thoughtful, brilliantly-written ... excellent' The Long, Long Trail: The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918

'Much of Enemy on the Euphrates reads like a great adventure story, proving how fascinating real history can be ... a rare combination of in-depth information, fairness of analysis and readability, reinforced by excellent maps.' Jordan Times

'A very useful contribution to the understanding of modern Iraq' Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

'Timely ... rich in detail ... highly readable, lively and dramatic. [Rutledge] presents fascinating accounts of the main British and Iraqi personalities involved in the narrative and the conflicts that sometimes erupted between them.' --al-Hayat

'Rutledge does an excellent job of conveying the logistical difficulties confronting any military leadership, let alone one operating thousands of miles from home and in physically challenging and hostile enemy territory ... an easy and enjoyable read ... deserving of a wide readership' --Eamonn Gearon, Middle East Journal

'Much of Enemy on the Euphrates reads like a great adventure story, proving how fascinating real history can be ... The unique contribution of the author, historian and economist Ian Rutledge is bringing to light the character and activities of a group of Arab heroes virtually unknown in the West. ... Rutledge s narrative is highly visual, transporting the reader from the battlefield to Baghdad, villages along the Euphrates, and conference rooms in London and Cairo where diplomats, politicians, military commanders and intelligence officers debate various models for controlling the region all short of full independence. ... Enemy on the Euphrates is a rare combination of in-depth information, fairness of analysis and readability, reinforced by excellent maps.' Jordan Times

'Rutledge gives us a well-researched and well-written account of the rebellion and the consequent establishment of Iraq. He clearly describes British policy, gives a realistic picture of the local Iraqi scene, and altogether produces a readable, interesting and very useful contribution to the understanding of modern Iraq.' Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

A fast-moving account of the uprising which continues to reverberate across Iraqi politics a century later ... Rutledge guides the reader through the twists and turns of British policies towards Iraq with clarity and aplomb ... Enemy on the Euphrates should become required reading for officials in London and Washington DC as they contemplate yet another military foray into Iraq.' --Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, International Affairs

About the Author

Ian Rutledge is an economist and historian. A graduate of the University of Cambridge where he received his PhD in Economic History, Rutledge is Research Director and Co-Founder of the Sheffield Energy Resources Information Services (SERIS). He has taught at the universities of London and Sheffield and for the Workers Educational Association (WEA). His other publications include Addicted to Oil: America s Relentless Drive for Energy Security. He lives in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.



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