Arabists: The Romance of an American Elite [NOOK Book]

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In this highly acclaimed and original work of social and cultural history, the author of the bestselling Balkan Ghosts relates the never-before-told story of the expatriate elite that shaped American policy in the Middle East for more than a century. 39 photos.

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Overview

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

In this highly acclaimed and original work of social and cultural history, the author of the bestselling Balkan Ghosts relates the never-before-told story of the expatriate elite that shaped American policy in the Middle East for more than a century. 39 photos.

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Mary Carroll
Kaplan turns his attention to the myths and realities of the State Department's Arabists: "men and women . . . who read and speak Arabic and who have passed many years of their professional lives . . . in the Arab world." Tracing the origins of the Arabist tradition to the Protestant missionary families who established schools and hospitals during the nineteenth century in Beirut, Cairo, eastern Turkey, western Iran, and the Saudi peninsula, Kaplan contrasts the idealism of Americans' initial involvements with the Arab world with the imperial machinations of "sand-mad Englishmen" such as T. E. Lawrence. After World War II, Arabists whose families had lived in the Middle East for generations hoped for stronger ties between the U.S. and the young Arab nations; however, the cold war and U.S. support for Israel dashed their hopes. "The Arabists" blends graceful, empathetic portraits of specific individuals with succinct descriptions of developing trends in U.S. politics and diplomacy and Mideast relations up to the Gulf War. A thoughtful, reflective analysis of a subject painfully immersed in controversy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439108703
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 824,523
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Robert D. Kaplan

 
Robert D. Kaplan is a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington and a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly. He was recently the Distinguished Visiting Professor in National Security at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. His twelve previous books include Balkan Ghosts, Eastward to Tartary, and Warrior Politics. He is a member of the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Interesting and useful

    For the casual reader, 'The Arabists' is an interesting and readable window into a little-known subset of the U.S. foreign policy community. If you happen to work with or in this community, the book is useful historical background; the day of the Arabist elite is over, but some of its attitudes and customs linger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2000

    a truely honest book

    This is one of few books written with a detailed knowledge of the complexities of the American-Arabic relations and with a genuine and honest attitude to this great culture.Its certainely the attitude America needs to take to establish peace not only in the middle east but also here in America in the years to come.A vision based on fairness and objectivity and free from all the jewish lobby that poison our foriegn policy.

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