Arms for the Arabs: The Soviet Union and War in the Middle East; La Politique Soviétique au Moyen-Orient, 1955-1975

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Arms for the Arabs: The Soviet Union and War in the Middle East

By Jon D. Glassman
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976
243 pp. $12.50
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La Politique Soviétique au Moyen-Orient, 1955-1975

By Hélène Carrère d'Encausse
Presses de la Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 1975
327 pp.
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Two outstanding books which cover much of the same ground. Glassman casts a wider net for his material, though wisely leaving some critical points open to question, and provides considerable detail on arms supply. Carrère d'Encausse, drawing on her familiarity with both Soviet and Middle East affairs, constructs a convincing narrative of the consistent strategy and zigzag tactics of Soviet policy.