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The Arab Middle East and the United States: Inter-Arab Rivalry and Superpower Diplomacy
The Arab Middle East and the United States: Inter-Arab Rivalry and Superpower Diplomacy
By Burton I. Kaufman
Twayne Publishers, 1996, 291 pp

An introduction to American Middle East policy since World War II, this straightforward history emphasizes the importance of inter-Arab divisions, the Cold War, and the role of oil, especially in the 1970s and again in 1990. A few issues are shortchanged, such as Israel's nuclear capabilities, which recent research shows to have had an important impact on American thinking from the mid-1960s on. Apart from the useful text, the author has provided a detailed chronology of events and a comprehensive bibliographical essay.