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The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

byRobert Fisk

Paperback | October 19, 2006

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An astonishing and timely account of 50 years of bloodshed and tragedy in the Middle East from one of our finest and most revered journalists.

The Great War for Civilisation is written with passion and anger, a reporter?s eyewitness account of the Middle East?s history. All the most dangerous men of the past quarter century in the region - from Osama bin Laden to Ayatollah Khomeini, from Saddam to Ariel Sharon - come alive in these pages. Fisk has met most of them, and even spent the night out at a guerrilla camp with bin Laden himself.

In a narrative of blood and mass killing, Fisk tells the story of the growing hatred of the West by millions of Muslims, the West?s cynical support for the Middle East?s most ruthless dictators and America?s ever more powerful military presence in the world?s most dangerous lands as well as its uncritical, unconditional support for Israel?s occupation of Palestinian land. It is also a story of journalists at war, of the rage, humour and frustration of the correspondents who spend their lives reporting the first draft of history, their weaknesses and cowardice, their courage and truth-telling.

Assessing the situation right up to the present day and reporting from the heart of a bombed-out Baghdad, Fisk examines the factors leading up to the coalition forces entering Iraq, and discusses possible outcomes of long-term involvement there.

The most decorated British foreign correspondent in history, Robert Fisk has been covering the Middle East for the last 25 years, and his knowledge of the area is unparalleled. He writes daily for The Independent and is syndicated in Italy (La Repubblica), Spain (El País) and France (Le Monde), among others. Fisk is based in Beirut and...
Title:The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle EastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1392 pages, 8.13 × 5.06 × 2.07 inPublished:October 19, 2006Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1841150088

ISBN - 13:9781841150086

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book on civil wars in Middle East. It is interesting book on civil wars in middle east .
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Manipulated by our Governments and News Media This is a must read for anyone who is interest in how the current situation in the mid east developed, particularly the talking heads on TV and news columnists. What is truly frightening is the role that western countries, particularly the United States have played. Every decision made is for the self interest of the country making the decision with total disregard for the innocent people of the region. The information that we in the west are receiving from our governments and our news media has been totally distorted. It really drives home the concept of "believe nothing of what you read/hear, and only half of what you see".
Date published: 2015-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Long but Valuable Read This book is really long at close to 1400 pages and definitely a slog to finish despite learning a lot about various global hotspots. If you are a journalist student with a keen interest in the Muslim world, this book is for you but not for novices. Fisk is definitely an expert as he has covered the Middle East and beyond, from Algeria to Pakistan. Have to respect a man who has walked the talk as he was one of the last western journalists to interview Bin Laden and has nearly been killed a few times by angry mobs or narrowly missing a bullet. He lays a lot of today's problems in the region to the West's imperial policies from the British to today's US presence on two battlefronts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Major problem with the book are chapters that are way too long, too many obscure details and not enough historical ans societal overview. Still an impressive read if you have the patience.
Date published: 2009-05-05