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Two countries in the region, he argues, are America's logical partners in the 21st century: Turkey and Iran. Besides proposing this new "power triangle", Kinzer recommends that the United States reshape relations with its two traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
This book provides a penetrating, timely critique of America's approach to the world's most volatile region and offers a startling alternative. Kinzer is a master storyteller with an eye for grand characters and illuminating historical detail. In this book he introduces us to larger-than-life figures, such as a Nebraska schoolteacher who became a martyr to democracy in Iran; a Turkish radical who transformed his country and Islam forever; and a colorful parade of princes, politicians, women of the world, spies, oppressors, liberators, and dreamers.
Kinzer's provocative new view of the Middle East is the rare book that will richly entertain while moving a vital policy debate beyond the stale alternatives of the last 50 years.
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By Sonny on 08-03-10
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was great. Described in detail the modern history of Turkey, Iran, and the US's involvement in the region. The writer did a great job putting all the information together. I really liked the reader's voice, sounded very powerful. Recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the Middle East and also how problems in the Middle East including the Israeli and Palestinian conflict might be solved.
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