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In the aftermath of 9/11 Americans became aware of the paucity of their knowledge of the Middle East. This is surprising given that the United States has been involved in the Middle East since its founding as a nation.
Michael B. Oren’s very readable and lengthy Power, Faith, and Fantasy—the first comprehensive history of America’s military, political and religious involvement in the area—should fill this gap. The title derives from the fact that America’s interest in the Middle East is as much the story of Protestant missionaries who helped shape our attitudes and policies in that turbulent part of the world as it is a history of America’s pursuit of its economic and political interests in the region.
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