Book Review: The Tail Wags The Dog

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The Tail Wags The Dog:  International Politics And The Middle East, by Efraim Karsh

Not everyone is going to like this book, but I loved this book.  The author, himself a scholar of international relations with an Israeli background and a deep understanding of the complexities of the Middle East, writes about the troubled twentieth century history of the Middle East with a sustained tone of irony.  Having previously read the author’s books on the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Iran-Iraq War (reviews forthcoming), I had an idea of what to expect from this book, and I was not disappointed.  I can think of plenty of people who will hate this book, but if you have a clear-eyed and somewhat cynical view towards the policies of the superpowers towards the Middle East, you will probably find the author’s blunt honesty and ironic perspective to be a breath of fresh air…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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