Devil's Game

How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam

American Empire Project

Robert Dreyfuss

Metropolitan Books

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The first complete account of America’s most
dangerous foreign policy miscalculation: sixty years of support for Islamic fundamentalism


Devil’s Game is the gripping story of America’s misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism. Among all the books about Islam, this is the first comprehensive inquiry into the touchiest issue: How and why did the United States encourage and finance the spread of radical political Islam?

Backed by extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss argues that this largely hidden relationship is greatly to blame for the global explosion of terrorism. He follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists to cooperation with Hamas and Saudi Wahhabism. Dreyfuss also uncovers long-standing ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the region, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women’s rights, secularism—and their former patron.

Wide-ranging and deeply informed, Devil’s Game reveals a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment. What emerges is a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.

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There is an unwritten chapter in the history of the Cold War and the New World Order that followed. It is the story of how the United States—sometimes overtly, sometimes covertly—funded and encouraged right-wing Islamist activism. Devil’s Game attempts to fill in that vital missing link.

Vital because this little-known policy, conducted over six decades, is partly to blame for the emergence of Islamist terrorism as a worldwide phenomenon. Indeed, America’s would-be empire in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and South Asia was designed to rest

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“Eye-opening, original, and important.”—Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire
 
“Crisp, lively . . . Provides a concise and readable account of the evolution of America’s partnerships with radical Islamic groups and regimes.”—The American Conservative

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Robert Dreyfuss

Based in Washington, D.C., Robert Dreyfuss has written extensively on Iraq, the war on terrorism, and national security for The Nation, The American Prospect, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent commentator on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC.

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Devil's Game
How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam
Robert Dreyfuss

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
July 2013
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ISBN: 9781466849006
ISBN10: 1466849002
400 pages
$7.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
October 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805081374
ISBN10: 0805081372
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$21.00
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