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A World of Trouble

The White House and the Middle East--from the Cold War to the War on Terror

Patrick Tyler

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The White House and the Middle East—from the Cold War to the War on Terror

The Middle East is the beginning and the end of U.S. foreign policy: events there influence our alliances, make or break presidencies, govern the price of oil, and draw us into war. But it was not always so—and as Patrick Tyler shows in this thrilling chronicle of American misadventures in the region, the story of American presidents’ dealings there is one of mixed motives, skulduggery, deceit, and outright foolishness, as well as of policymaking and diplomacy.

Tyler draws on newly opened presidential archives to dramatize the approach to the Middle East across U.S. presidencies from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. He takes us into the Oval Office and shows how our leaders made momentous decisions; at the same time, the sweep of this narrative—from the Suez crisis to the Iran hostage crisis to George W. Bush’s catastrophe in Iraq—lets us see the big picture as never before. Tyler tells a story of presidents being drawn into the affairs of the region against their will, being kept in the dark by local potentates, being led astray by grasping subordinates, and making decisions about the internal affairs of countries they hardly understand. Above all, he shows how each president has managed to undo the policies of his predecessor, often fomenting both anger against America on the streets of the region and confusion at home.

A World of Trouble is the Middle East book we need now: compulsively readable, free of cant and ideology, and rich in insight about the very human challenges a new president will face as he or she tries to restore America’s standing in the region.


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Praise for A World of Trouble

"In taking us inside the White House through decades of tumult in the Middle East, Patrick Tyler brilliantly sheds light on both the history of the presidency and the long, tragic story of the place so many Americans think of as the Holy Land.  This is a terrific, important book." —Jon Meacham, Editor of Newsweek and author of American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

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How presidents from Eisenhower to Bush II confronted the Middle East.
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Review: A World of Trouble by Patrick Tyler A catalogue of America's Middle East blunders is a must-read for Obama, says Martin Woollacott
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Review: History of Israel-Palestine conflict would make good presidential reading - St. Petersburg Times
Patrick Tyler illuminates the Israeli-Palestinian conflict's history. I hope copies of this book will be laid at once on the desks of President Obama and his special negotiator for peace in the Holy Land, George Mitchell. It tracks the efforts of every American president since Truman to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and reviews the reasons why each one failed.
- St. Petersburg Times

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  • PATRICK TYLER has reported extensively from both the Middle East and Washington for The New York Times and The Washington Post. A Texan, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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    The White House and the Middle East--from the Cold War to the War on Terror

    Patrick Tyler

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