Book Review: Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren

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Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren is a study of the relationship the United States had towards the Middle East since its inception. Mr. Oren is an Israeli born author and historian who severed as an amabassodor to the United States from 2009 to 2013.

  • 778 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393058263

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Thoughts:
Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present by Michael B. Oren is a very long book in which the authors makes his case about the important role the US played, and still plays, in the Middle East as well as the way the Islamic Middle East played a role in created the mighty American military. The threats from the Middle East not only played a role in creating a strong army to defend the borders of the US, but also its interests abroad.

The book states that the policies towards Middle East has been coherent in the 18th Century, but now they are a mess, as is the region itself. Mr. Oren does a fine job observing neutrality throughout the book, especially on contentious issues, quoting policy makers and careful not to take a stand himself.

Besides objective history, Mr. Oren also writes about the personalities involved, including little anecdotes which always make history fun. It was amazing for me to read how much Christian restorationism has influenced American policy before World War II and how the AIPAC has influenced policy afterwards.

The book is big on details, but the narrative is entertaining and interesting. I applaud the author for going through, what seems like, a fantastic amount of research through primary sources and governmental records.

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Dis­claimer: I borrowed this book from the local library
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