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Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam… (edition 2005)

by Robert Dreyfuss

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Title:Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project)
Authors:Robert Dreyfuss
Info:Metropolitan Books (2005), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Returned to Library
Tags:NON-CIRCULATING, from Hackley Public Library

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Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam documents in all-inclusive detail how Washington spent decades nurturing ties with the anti-Communist Islamic right, a strategy that was supposed to impede Soviet expansion and curb the development of Arab nationalism. That strategy, author Robert Dreyfuss argues, came back to haunt the United States in the 1990s, most notably on Sept. 11, 2001. To back his case, Dreyfuss scoured archives and conducted countless interviews with Washington insiders: policy-makers, CIA officers, defense officials and foreign-service leaders. He taps details to fuel his argument that our well-funded – at times overt and at times covert – drive to create an Islamic bloc via alliances with radicals in Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Afghanistan was a most grave miscalculation with a worst-nightmare outcome: the emergence of the brand of Islamic terrorism we see today. His meticulous research includes a recurring examination of the relationship between Western banks and the Islamic right. While the level of detail and the number of names, relationships and events in Devil's Game can overwhelm, this book is a must-read for those hoping to understand the geopolitics of our times. -- Jeanie Straub
  jeaniestraub | Dec 18, 2007 |
An ambitious book that attempts to describe the contradictions of American policies towards far right islamist groups over the last 60 or so years. It is useful and at times insightful, but I found it limited, mostly because there were many points where the author seemed to overgeneralize or even misrepresent nuances and details in his attempt to present a coherent bigger picture. Perhaps this is because the author is not a specialist in many of the areas and topics which the book covers. Its well worth a read, but I get the feeling the world still awaits a definitive account of the attempts by the United States to cultivate and harness the Islamist far right to further its foreign policy objectives. ( )
  iftyzaidi | Nov 2, 2007 |
This helped me to understand a lot of the current situation. A depressing sequence of interventions leading to disaster upon disaster. ( )
  rakerman | Jul 23, 2006 |
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"The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."--Salon.com

Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.

Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt, to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists, to longstanding 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 landscape, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism--and their former patron.
Chronicling a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment that continues to this day, Devil's Game reveals a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.

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