America's Great Game

America's Great Game

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The Central Intelligence Agencya€™s reputation in the Middle East today has been marred by waterboarding and drone strikes, yet in its earliest years the agency was actually the regiona€™s staunchest western ally. In America's Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals how three colorful CIA operativesa€”Kermit and Archie Roosevelt, and maverick covert-ops expert Miles Copelanda€”attempted, futilely, to bring the U.S. and Middle East into harmony during the 1940s and a€˜50s. Heirs to an American missionary tradition that taught them to treat Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy, these CIA a€œArabistsa€ nevertheless behaved like political puppet-masters, orchestrating coup plots throughout the Middle East while seeking to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel. Their efforts, and ultimate failure, would doom U.S.-Middle Eastern relations for decades to come. Drawing on extensive new material, including declassified government records, private papers, and personal interviews, America's Great Game shows how three well-intentioned spies inadvertently ruptured relations between America and the Arab world.... Crisis and Crossfire: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945 ( Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2005), 2. ... eds., U.S.-Middle East Historical Encounters: A Critical Survey (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2007), 2. ... and Thomas Braden, Sub Rosa: The OSS and American Espionage (New York: Harcourt, Brace aamp; World, 1964), 87. ... AR, Lust of Knowing, 70; see, for example, AR, a€œAnti-American Activities of French Among Arabs, a€ January 23, 1943, II, 1.9, KRBRP.

Title:America's Great Game
Author:Hugh Wilford
Publisher:Basic Books - 2013-12-03


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