Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon, 1945-1958

Paperback | November 7, 2006

byIrene L. Gendzier

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Irene Gendzier's critically acclaimed, wide-reaching analysis of post-World War II U.S. policy in Lebanon posits that the politics of oil and pipelines figured far more significantly in U.S. relations with Lebanon than previously believed. In 1958 the United States sent thousands of troops to shore up the Lebanese regime in the face of domestic opposition and civil war. The justification was preventing a coup in Iraq, but recently declassified documents show that the true objective was to protect America's commercial, political, and strategic interests in Beirut and the Middle East. By reevaluating U.S.-Lebanese relations within the context of America's collaborative intervention with the Lebanese ruling elite, Gendzier aptly demonstrates how oil, power, and politics drove U.S. policy and influenced the development of the state and the region. In her new preface, Gendzier discusses the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the remarkable continuity of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present.

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Irene Gendzier's critically acclaimed, wide-reaching analysis of post-World War II U.S. policy in Lebanon posits that the politics of oil and pipelines figured far more significantly in U.S. relations with Lebanon than previously believed. In 1958 the United States sent thousands of troops to shore up the Lebanese regime in the face o...

Irene L. Gendzier is professor of political science at Boston University and author of Development Against Democracy: Manipulating Political Change in the Third World.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:520 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2006Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231140118

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List of Maps and IllustrationsPrefacePreface to the 2006 EditionPart I. The Setting of U.S. Policy1. The Dynamic of Collaborative Intervention2. U.S. Postwar Policy and the Middle East3. Learning Lebanon: A PrimerPart II. Formative Years in the Evolution of U.S. Policy: 1944-19524. Alternating Currents of Criticism and Conformity5. The Foundations of U.S. Policy, PACLIFT: Petroleum, Aviation, Commerce, Labor, Intelligence, and the Friendship Treaty6. Altered Circumstances and the Design of U.S. Political StrategyPart III. The Eisenhower Administration and the Sham'un Regime: A Policy of Information and Consent7. Pressure Points and Priorities8. Lebanon: The "Bridgehead in the Orient"9. Realities of Power in the "Rear Area"10. Our Man in BeirutPart IV. Intervening Before Intervention11. Civil War, May 195812. Doubt, Deliberation, and PreparationPart V. The Minefield Explodes: U.S. Military Intervention13. 11,000 Sorties in Search of a Target14. By Mutual Consent: July-October 1958Epilogue: 1958 in RetrospectNotesBibliographyIndex

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Notes from the Minefield is history at its best.