Notes from the Minefield: United States Intervention in Lebanon, 1945-1958 / Edition 2

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Irene Gendzier's critically acclaimed, wide-reaching analysis of post-World War II U.S. policy in Lebanon posits that the politics of oil and pipelines figured far more significantly in U.S. relations with Lebanon than previously believed. In 1958 the United States sent thousands of troops to shore up the Lebanese regime in the face of domestic opposition and civil war. The justification was preventing a coup in Iraq, but recently declassified documents show that the true objective was to protect America's commercial, political, and strategic interests in Beirut and the Middle East. By reevaluating U.S.-Lebanese relations within the context of America's collaborative intervention with the Lebanese ruling elite, Gendzier aptly demonstrates how oil, power, and politics drove U.S. policy and influenced the development of the state and the region. Featuring a new introduction in which Gendzier discusses the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the remarkable continuity of U.S. foreign policy from 1945 to the present, Notes from the Minefield continues to be the standard text on this topic.

Columbia University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Jordan Times - Sally Bland
Notes from the Minefield is history at its best.
Jordan Times
Notes from the Minefield is history at its best.

— Sally Bland

Richard Falk
Irene Gendzier's argument is tightly presented and coherent, and the overall story of the antecedent to the 1958 U.S. intervention in Lebanon is told with insight, clarity, and on the basis of an excellent use of primary research materials. This book will be looked upon as a model for the presentation of a well-evidenced argument on the nature of U.S. foreign relations with Lebanon, and more generally, with the Middle East.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231140119
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Series: History and Society of the Modern Middle East Series
  • Edition description: With a new preface
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 1,168,598
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Irene L. Gendzier is professor of political science at Boston University and author of Development Against Democracy: Manipulating Political Change in the Third World.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations
Pt. I The Setting of U.S. Policy
1 The Dynamic of Collaborative Intervention 3
2 U.S. Postwar Policy and the Middle East 21
3 Learning Lebanon: A Primer 43
Pt. II Formative Years in the Evolution of U.S. Policy: 1944-1952
4 Alternating Currents of Criticism and Conformity 65
5 The Foundations of U.S. Policy, PACLIFT: Petroleum, Aviation, Commerce, Labor, Intelligence, and the Friendship Treaty 90
6 Altered Circumstances and the Design of U.S. Political Strategy 115
Pt. III The Eisenhower Administration and the Sham'un Regime: A Policy of Information and Consent
7 Pressure Points and Priorities 143
8 Lebanon: The "Bridgehead in the Orient" 160
9 Realities of Power in the "Rear Area" 181
10 Our Man in Beirut 202
Pt. IV Intervening Before Intervention
11 Civil War, May 1958 229
12 Doubt, Deliberation, and Preparation 264
Pt. V The Minefield Explodes: U.S. Military Intervention
13 11,000 Sorties in Search of a Target 295
14 By Mutual Consent: July-October 1958 338
Epilogue: 1958 in Retrospect 365
Notes 379
Bibliography 423
Index 445
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