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More Than a Doctrine The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East by Randall Fowler

More Than a Doctrine
The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East
by Randall Fowler

Publication date May 2018

It is widely believed that president Eisenhower was a boring non-entity. That he was continually playing golf, letting others deal with the day to day management of the country. It was believed that he was inept and knew little about foreign policy. This book seeks to rectify that belief.

This book analyses the Speeches given by Eisenhower, looking at the rhetorical devices used by the president to move public opinion his way and to move the country to a more interventionist Stance, especially when it came to the ‘Middle East’. It showed how he often allowed other people to speak, hiding his own very active involvement in the world behind the actions of others. Moreover, the work highlights the way that America sought to hide their involvement in the gulf region by placing countries, such as the United Kingdom, in visible positions, using these countries to cover America’s increasing power within the Middle East.

This book has an academic feel with close and dense analysis of texts. This may inhibit the general reader. But, this very well written book is well worth a read.

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Crusade and Jihad The Thousand-Year War Between the Muslim World and the Global North By William R. Polk

Source Netgalley (this book was given to me by the publisher in the hope of an honest review

Publication date 9th January 2018

I am very behind on reviews. This year has been hellish. So, for the next few weeks I will be catching up by writing really basic, short reviews. Here’s the first.

Polk has reported from many global hotspots during the course of his career. This book is his attempt to begin to put the pieces together. He explores the relationship between the ‘Muslim East’ and the ‘Christian West’. From the Moguls to the modern day, it spans the Muslim/Arab world; from Africa to the ‘Middle East’, from China to Europe, and all stops in between. It looks at this history in order to explain the present day. Polk looks at the tensions that exist between ‘East and West’, analysing the horrors of colonialism and the seeds of today’s terrorism, The book explores the origins of many of today’s most active terrorist organisations. This is a long book, a hard read that may intimidate the casual reader, but it’s worth the effort.

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2018\2019 projects

Summer vacation projects

From now til October

Man Booker read – reading the long list

Year long reading project

October to june

I will read only women writers

Research project

The fabians