Shadow Wars: The Secret Struggle for the Middle East

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Oneworld Publications, 2016 - Arab Spring, 2010- - 672 pages
"This is the best and most informative book yet on the struggle for power among the US and Europe, Arab autocratic regimes, and these countries' impoverished masses.... Highly recommended." --CHOICE Magazine

"Who are these people? Where did they come from? What do they want? SHADOW WARS makes the answers painfully, damningly clear... if some future solution is discovered, it'll be thanks to the path-clearing of books like this one."
--The Christian Science Monitor

"Davidson is especially dogged at 'following the money'--e.g., the rise of crony-capitalist networks in the Gulf monarchies and the financing of al-Qaida and Islamic State... An exhaustively researched account."
--Kirkus Reviews

The brief euphoria that followed the 'Arab Spring' of 2011 quickly gave way to religious politics, sectarian war, and the most brutal incarnations of Islamic extremism ever seen. In the aftermath, people around the world once more lamented the Middle East's inability to build functioning modern states. However, the reality is that this turn of events fits firmly into a centuries-old pattern of uprisings and reactions involving not only the region's elites and their opponents but also the interests of foreign powers.

Middle East expert Christopher M. Davidson makes the argument that the primary blame for the failure of the Arab Spring and the rise of Islamic extremists, including al-Qaeda and Islamic State, must rest with successive U.S. and U.K. governments. A systematic dissection of ongoing Western manipulations of the most powerful forces in the Middle East, Shadow Wars is a shocking book that demands to be read.

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A book that provides details of the changing factions in the Middle East, and factors in the rise of ISIS that are not found in the reporting of the news media. Informative because it provides ... Read full review

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For many decades US and UK governments have tried with various methods to defeat popularist, socialist and pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. Throughout the Cold War, the United States ‘War ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Christopher M. Davidson is a reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University. His last book, After the Sheikhs, was one of the Foreign Policy Association's most significant books of 2013.

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