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Arabian Knight: Colonel Bill Eddy USMC and the Rise of American Power in the Middle East

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Examining his roles as warrior, scholar, spy master, and diplomat, this chronicle of Colonel Bill Eddy’s life details the origin and early development of the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship and its implications on present-day Middle East policy. From his birth in the Presbyterian missionary community in Lebanon to his service in intelligence operations in World Wars I and II to his involvement in academia and his close friendship with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud—the founding king of Saudi Arabia—this narrative traces ...

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Examining his roles as warrior, scholar, spy master, and diplomat, this chronicle of Colonel Bill Eddy’s life details the origin and early development of the U.S.-Saudi diplomatic relationship and its implications on present-day Middle East policy. From his birth in the Presbyterian missionary community in Lebanon to his service in intelligence operations in World Wars I and II to his involvement in academia and his close friendship with Abdul Aziz ibn Saud—the founding king of Saudi Arabia—this narrative traces the unheralded Marine Corps officer’s intimate ties with the Arab world and his unending dedication to promoting good relations between America and the Middle East.

Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for biography, presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association

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Winner of the 2009 Benjamin Franklin Award for biography, presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association

"Mr. Lippman has a nose for the political nuances of the region and a good eye for detail. Noting that Saudis play chess without the bishop or the queen—for which they substitute an elephant and a vizier—he comments wryly: 'No Christians or women were going to be checkmating any king in Abdel Aziz's Saudi Arabia.'"  —The Economist

"Eddy, an intellectual man of action . . . was not one to mince words. With a powerful voice and rugged physique, he was an intimidating figure who did not suffer fools well."  —Colonel Dick Camp USMC (Ret.), coauthor, Lima-6

"[Eddy] was a daredevil, who loved nothing better than to stalk German sentries in Indian fashion and steal close to their lines. The Marine service has always attracted men of this type."  —Leatherneck

"Thomas Lippman gives us a fascinating book on a little-known officer that should prove useful to U.S. diplomats and military leaders in the daunting years ahead."  —Proceedings and Naval History

"Taut and graceful, this book should be read for its mixture of 20th century history and current Middle Eastern insights by all professionally minded Marines, regardless of rank."  —Quantico Sentry

"This exceptional biography of a little-known hero of the Corps is a must-read for those who want to understand the roots of our relations in this troubled part of the world and the effect one remarkable individual had in building them."  General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Ret.), author, A General Speaks Out

Leatherneck
[Eddy] was a daredevil who loved nothing better than to stalk German sentries in Indian fashion and steal close to their lines. The Marine service has always attracted men of this type.
Proceedings and Naval History
Thomas Lippman gives us a fascinating book on a little-known officer that should prove useful to U.S. diplomats and military leaders in the daunting years ahead.
Quantico Sentry
Taut and graceful.
The Economist

Mr Lippman has a nose for the political nuances of the region and a good eye for detail. Noting that Saudis play chess without the bishop or the queen—for which they substitute an elephant and a vizier—he comments wryly: 'No Christians or women were going to be checkmating any king in Abdel Aziz's Saudi Arabia.'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780970115720
  • Publisher: Selwa Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 974,601
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas W. Lippman is an author and journalist who has specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and American foreign policy for more three decades. He is the author of Egypt After NasserInside the Mirage, Madeleine Albright and the New American Diplomacy, and Understanding Islam. A former Middle East bureau chief and oil and energy reporter for The Washington Post, he has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and National Public Radio. He lives in Washington, DC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2008

    the American who laid the groundwork for U.S. Middle East position and role

    An apt conjugation of author and subject makes for a revealing work on the bases for the United States' position in the Middle East. Lippman is a former Middle East bureau chief of the Washington Post and author of four books on the interrelated topics of the Arab world, Islam, and American foreign policy as well as a regular commentator on today's swirling, often violent and threatening developments in the Middle East. His subject of U. S. Marine Corps Colonel Bill Eddy was born in Lebanon, spoke fluent Arabic, fought in World War I, and was a noted scholar of English literature. During World War II, he served as a spymaster in North Africa in preparation for the Allied landings a role which gave him position and influence in the formation of the CIA. From his incomparable experience and position, he facilitated the historic meeting of F.D.R. with Saudi Arabia's King Abdul Aziz in 1945. This meeting was a cornerstone for the wide-ranging developing and the complex current situation of the U.S. in the region. Eddy's unique blend of roots in the Arab world, talents and interests, and commitment to the United States made him invaluable in the critical circumstances and often deceptive appearances of the Middle East in the World War II era and its aftermath. After World War II, American foreign policy people and politicians focused on the Soviet Union and the related spread of Communism as the greatest threat. As early as 1947, however, Eddy advised that it was not the spread of Communism which should be the greatest concern in American relations in the Middle East, but the 'rise of Islamic militancy.' These are Lippman's words for elements Eddy identified in countries across the Middle East which elements have come to be termed 'Islamic fundamentalism' especially as manifest by jihadists. Believing Israel would be defeated by an alliance of Arab states, Eddy cautioned U.S. policymakers against a hard and fast identification with the fledgling Jewish state. While his belief that Israel would be militarily defeated was wrong, his broader views about the damage to the U.S. position and interests throughout the Middle East and emerging Islamic militancy were prescient. The early years of Eddy's adventurous career in World War I and spying for the North Africa invasion are covered dramatically and concretely. Most of the text though (about half) covers his more involved and delicate work in laying the grounds for the meetings of U.S. and Saudi Arabia heads of state and subsequent developments in other parts of the Middle East and ensuing American politics and diplomacy. Thus Lippmann's biography is of particular interest to today's readers. Eddy's activities are like a window onto the origins of U.S. relationships and policies throughout the Middle East, especially centered on Saudi Arabia and oil. And as such, the activities shed much light on how the U.S. position has become undermined and how policies have gone awry or become counterproductive.

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