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By Douglas Little

Douglas Little exposes the patience of ''orientalist'' stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters concentrate on America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli relatives; the increase of innovative nationalist events in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try and dealer a ''peace-for-land'' cost among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the hot U.S. struggle in Iraq. Little deals necessary old context for an individual looking a greater knowing of the advanced courting among the U.S. and the center East.

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Cast by much of the American media as a geopolitical underdog whose occidental values were anathema to its oriental neighbors, Israel relied on courage, ingenuity, and increasingly, Western weapons to defeat people whose Muslim faith and tribal culture seemed to magazines such as National Geographic more and more out of step with twentieth-century realities. The November 1948 issue of National Geographic, for example, included “Sailing with Sindbad’s Sons,” an account of the voyage of the Bayan, a square-rigged “Winged Galleon of Araby” that retraced the route of the old slave and spice trade from Aden at the mouth of the Red Sea to Zanzibar off the East African coast.

The influx of Jews from all over the world aroused the hostility of the Arabs,” whom National Geographic depicted as colorful primitives capable of extraordinary acts of violence. ”42 Before 1938 was over, however, developments 1,700 miles to the northwest in Berlin would unleash a vicious outburst of anti-Semitism whose genocidal outcome would dramatize for Zionists on both sides of the Atlantic that establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine had truly become a matter of life or death. During the preceding two decades fewer and fewer Americans remembered Woodrow Wilson’s wartime promises to Louis Brandeis and Stephen Wise.

S. 20 “Quite without intention,” British orientalist and adventurer T. E. S. observers seem to have agreed that the Christians of Armenia and Syria might profit enormously from these lessons, few churchmen or diplomats expected such revolutionary teachings to spell anything but disaster in the Muslim world. ”22 Ambassador John Leishman, Pearson’s counterpart in Constantinople, was no more sanguine about the prospects for constitutional rule in Turkey, where reformist military officers —“the Young Turks”— staged a coup and curbed the sultan’s powers in July 1908.

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