America’s Great Game: The C.I.A.’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

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Intelligence historian Hugh Wilford discusses his new book, America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East. Here is a New York Times review of the book. His previous books include The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America,  The New York Intellectuals: From Vanguard to Institution, and The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune?

Related books of interest include: A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East, by David Fromkin; Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, by Robert Dreyfuss; The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War, by Stephen Kinzer; The Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite, by Robert D. Kaplan; The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA, by Burton Hersh; All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, by Stephen Kinzer; Web of Deceit: The History of Western Complicity in Iraq, from Churchill to Kennedy to George W. Bush, by Barry M. Lando; The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People, by John Loftus and Mark Aarons; The “Jewish Threat”: Anti-Semitic Politics Of The U.S. Army, by Joseph W. Bendersky; The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust 1941-1945, by David S. Wyman; A Race Against Death: Peter Bergson, America, and the Holocaust, by David S. Wyman and Rafael Medoff; The Hidden History of Zionism, by Ralph Schoenman; Zionist Connection II: What Price Peace? by Alfred M. Lilienthal; The Transfer Agreement–25th Anniversary Edition: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine, by Edwin Black; British Petroleum and the Redline Agreement: The West’s Secret Pact to Get Mideast Oil, by Edwin Black; and A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, by F. William Engdahl.

2:46 pm on January 19, 2014