A useful attempt to put recent gulf crises in historical perspective. The author wastes little time on the first 100 years under review, but does provide a detailed account of how America's involvement in the gulf region grew from the 1930s onward. Much of the book is instant history, relying heavily on press accounts, but the basic narrative is well done and the author's conclusions are reasonable. In short he sees both continuity and success in American dealings with the gulf, resulting in a moment of American preeminence, with limited military commitments in the region, which will probably last for some time without undue cost to the American public.
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