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Douglas Little exposes the patience of ''orientalist'' stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters specialize in America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli family members; the increase of progressive nationalist events in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try and dealer a ''peace-for-land'' cost among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the hot U.S. conflict in Iraq. Little bargains invaluable ancient context for an individual looking a greater knowing of the complex dating among the U.S. and the center East.

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Over the years the public and policymakers in the United States have frequently employed what historian Michael Hunt has termed a “hierarchy of race” in dealing with what used to be called the Third World. As early as 1900, Hunt argues, AngloSaxon racism and Social Darwinism had fused in the collective mind of America to generate a powerful mental map in which, predictably, the “civilized” powers — the United States and Western Europe — controlled a descending array of underdeveloped, even “primitive” Asians, Latinos, American Indians, and Africans.

73 Adolf Berle, a Democratic Party insider who served in Truman’s kitchen cabinet, remarked privately during the summer of 1952 that this well-docu26 o r i e n ta l i s m , a m e r i c a n st y l e mented psychological profile of instability extended to non-Arab Muslims such as the Iranians as well. “Fanatic Mohammedan nationalism” seemed about to sweep away the shah of Iran, opening the door to a “Communist takeover” in Tehran, Berle confided in his diary on 13 August. S. interests in the region.

96 The hulking Texan who succeeded Kennedy in the Oval Office later that year did not disagree with this harsh assessment.

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