The Great War for Civilisation
The Conquest of the Middle East
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 1111 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 February 2007|
Unflinching, provocative, and brilliantly written, this work of stunning reportage addresses the full complexity of recent history and political events in the Middle East.
Fisk (Middle East correspondent, the Independent) hardly needs introduction. A veteran journalist who has received multiple awards and is respected by his peers and experts on the Middle East, he is uniquely qualified to write this book. He has produced what amounts to the most comprehensive survey of 25 years of Middle Eastern conflict in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Israel, and Lebanon by dint of his research and analysis of over 350,000 documents and eyewitness accounts. Many respected reporters, such as Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw, have written on this subject but not as thoroughly. Furthermore, this work is more than just a chronology of events or a predictable political analysis. In each well-annotated and provocative chapter, Fisk's impartial reports of torture, executions, political manipulations, and human loss are not mere reportage but instead aim to arouse us from apathy and challenge us to hold those in authority responsible. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/05.]-Ethan P. Pullman, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Combining a novelist's talent for atmosphere with a scholar's grasp of historical sweep, foreign correspondent Fisk (Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon) has written one of the most dense and compelling accounts of recent Middle Eastern history yet. The book opens with a deftly juxtaposed account of Fisk's two interviews with Osama bin Laden. In the first, held in Sudan in 1993, bin Laden declared himself "a construction engineer and an agriculturist." He had no time to train mujahideen, he said; he was busy constructing a highway. In the second, held four years later in Afghanistan, he declared war on the Saudi royal family and America. Fisk, who has lived in and reported on the Middle East since 1976, first for the (London) Times and now for the Independent, possesses deep knowledge of the broader history of the region, which allows him to discuss the Armenian genocide 90 years ago, the 2002 destruction of Jenin, and the battlefields of Iraq with equal aplomb. But it is his stunning capacity for visceral description-he has seen, or tracked down firsthand accounts of, all the major events of the past 25 years-that makes this volume unique. Some of the chapters contain detailed accounts of torture and murder, which more squeamish readers may be inclined to skip, but such scenes are not gratuitous. They are designed to drive home Fisk's belief that "war is primarily not about victory or defeat but about death and the infliction of death." Though Fisk's political stances may sometimes be controversial, no one can deny that this volume is a stunning achievement. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"A magisterial report from the shifting front lines of the Middle East. It deserves to be read by all those concerned with what is happening in Iraq today." --"The Boston Globe""A stimulating and absorbing book, by a man who . . . has met the leading players, from bin Laden to Ahmad Chalabi. . . . A formidable production." --"The New York Times Book Review""Vivid, graphic, intense. . . . A book of unquestionable importance. . . . [Fisk's] experience of war is unmatched, [as is] his capacity to convey that experience in concrete, passionate language." --"The Washington Post Book World""Fisk's magnum opus. . . . Seals [his] place as a venerable, indispensable contributor to informed debate in and about the Middle East." --"The Nation""Powerful . . . Mr. Fisk is a gifted writer and an accomplished storyteller . . . his love affair with the region and the glamorous profession of being a foreign correspondent finds expression on every page." --"The Economist"
|Publisher: ||Vintage Books USA|
|Dimensions: ||23.42 x 15.42 x 5.03 centimeters (1.21 kg)|