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American Presidents And The Middle East
American Presidents And The Middle East
By George Lenczowski
321 pp, Duke University Press, 1989

Professor Lenczowski, a veteran scholar and observer of Middle East affairs, has taken the subject of U.S. policy and chopped it up into segments representing the terms of office of eight presidents from Truman to Reagan. The treatment is necessarily general and is based on published presidential memoirs and other familiar material, but the author adds some sharp views of his own and he does highlight the differences in attitudes and policies as the White House changed hands, along with the substantial elements of continuity. The influence of domestic factors in determining policy in the region, though by no means neglected by Lenczowski, remains a subject deserving exploration in depth.