L'Orient Déchiré: entre l'Est et l'Ouest, 1955-1982

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L'Orient Déchiré: entre l'Est et l'Ouest, 1955-1982

By Simon Jargy
Labor et Fides, 1984
268 pp.
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A well known French Orientalist, for years associated with the journal L'Orient, traces the course of superpower rivalry in the Middle East through various phases of the cold war. In fitting events to his theme of the failure of both the Americans and Russians (specially the Americans) to understand the forces at work in the region, he is close to the truth; and 20 or more years of experience seem to have taught them very little. The chief merit of the book lies in the surefooted way the author tells a very complex story in brief compass without oversimplification or distortion.