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What are the most important texts (books specifically, but essays are fine) regarding the United State's involvement in the Middle East [Afghanistan-now]? An expansive list would be appreciated, covering this time period in detail and with context. Thank you in advance.

Hi Nathaniel,

For the US in Afghanistan, I recommend Carlotta Gall, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001–2014; and, Seth Jones, In the Graveyard of Empires: America's War in Afghanistan. Although both of these books focus on the period since 2001, each furnishes ample historical context.

For general accounts of the US in the Middle East, I recommend:

- Joel Migdal, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East

- David Lesch, The Middle East and the United States: History, Politics, and Ideologies (This is a textbook, but still appropriate for the general reader)

- Hugh Wilford, America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

Each is relatively current, is authoritative, and each strives to be an objective account of a controversial topic.

Hope this helps!


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Marc Aperio


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