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By Douglas Little

Douglas Little exposes the endurance of ''orientalist'' stereotypes in American pop culture and examines usa coverage towards the center East from many angles. Chapters specialise in America's expanding dependence on petroleum; U.S.-Israeli family members; the increase of innovative nationalist hobbies in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and Libya; the futility of U.S. army and covert intervention; and the unsuccessful try to dealer a ''peace-for-land'' payment among the Israelis and the Palestinians. a brand new epilogue addresses the new U.S. struggle in Iraq. Little bargains necessary old context for somebody looking a greater realizing of the advanced dating among the U.S. and the center East.

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35 Many of the orientalist stereotypes of the Arabs evoked by films and books were reinforced by popular magazines such as National Geographic, which by the late 1920s had become a window on the world for millions of middle-class Americans. National Geographic’s entire May 1923 issue, for example, was devoted to the recently discovered tomb of King Tutankhamen and other wonders of the Muslim world. Articles like “Egypt, Past and Present” and “East of Constantinople” contrasted the imperial grandeur of ancient Egyptian and medieval Islamic civilizations with the hardscrabble realities of the twentieth o r i e n ta l i s m , a m e r i c a n st y l e 17 century.

49 During the following eighteen months well-connected Zionists such as Stephen Wise and Felix Frankfurter, whom fdr had recently tapped to fill Brandeis’s seat on the Supreme Court, quietly encouraged the president to press Whitehall to honor its commitments regarding Palestine. S. K. position in the Middle East at a time when Britain, in the wake of the fall of France in June 1940, was the sole remaining barrier to complete Nazi domination of Europe. 50 Thousands of European Jews unable to find refuge abroad would soon be among the earliest victims of the Holocaust.

Diplomats serving overseas, like Harold Glidden, who was stationed in Iraq. “If Arabs ever took over [the] world, they would start instantly to tear it down,” Glidden told a reporter shortly after a bloody military coup rocked Baghdad in 30 o r i e n ta l i s m , a m e r i c a n st y l e early 1963. ”96 The hulking Texan who succeeded Kennedy in the Oval Office later that year did not disagree with this harsh assessment.

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