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Amerikanische Nahost-Politik
Amerikanische Nahost-Politik
By Christian Hacke
Oldenbourg, 1985, 299 pp

This thorough study, which provides German readers with a full and highly competent account of U.S. policies on the Arab-Israeli conflict and toward Iran since the end of the 1960s, may also provide American readers with new viewpoints on what have become all-too-familiar problems of the past and present. Henry Kissinger comes off quite well, his successors less so. The criticism of both the Carter and Reagan Administrations is often sharp, for quite different reasons. The lesson for the latter is that it does no good to be a military giant if in intellectual understanding, political purpose and steady diplomacy the American stature is that of a dwarf.