Dimensions: 368 pages, 9.54 × 6.37 × 1.23 in
Published: September 5, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312355696
ISBN - 13: 9780312355692
About the Book
For over a hundred years, the Western powers have engaged in an intricate spy game to establish control over the Middle East. American intelligence has jockeyed with the English, as well as the French and Russians, in a geo-political chess game to prevent the spread of communism and secure access to resources and commerce. By adhering to the philosophy of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," short-sighted American support of Egypt's Gammal Nasser, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the rebels of Afghanistan has inspired the same Islamic radicalism that confronts the West today. An authority on international studies and the history of guerilla warfare, Andre Gerolymatos offers extraordinary insight into the intelligence games waged by Kermit Roosevelt, Allen Dulles, Kim Philby and others, and into the Middle Eastern terrorist networks that have evolved and thrived over the decades.
From the Publisher
With roots in imperialism and the nineteenth-century mindset of the “Great Game,” Western nations have waged an intricate spy game this past century to establish control over the Middle East, secure access to key resources and regions of commerce, and prevent the spread of Soviet communism into the region. From the Suez Canal to the former Ottoman Empire, British and American intelligence communities have conspired to topple regimes and initiate Muslim leaders as pawns in a geopolitical chess game fought against Marxist expansion.
Yet while the Iron Curtain was doomed to fall near the end of the twentieth century, this pattern of tunnel vision has created a different monster. The resulting resurgence of Muslim radicalism, and the induction of Arabs and other Muslims into the dark arts of espionage and sabotage, have only served to fan the flames in an already incendiary region and deepen the tensions between the Middle East and the West today.
An authority on international studies and the history of guerilla warfare, André  Gerolymatos offers the contemporary reader insight into the intelligence game that is still waged internationally with lethal intent, and into the Middle Eastern terrorist networks that had evolved over the decades. In this definitive account of covert operations in the Middle East, the author brings to life the extraordinary men and women whose successes and failures have shaped relations, and he reveals how the explosive nature of the region today has direct roots in the history of American and Western intervention.
About the Author
ANDRÉ GEROLYMATOS is a member of the Department of History at Simon Fraser University, a former lecturer at McGill University, and a member of Canada’s Advisory Council on National Security. His previous books include Red Acropolis, Black Terror and The Balkan Wars.