Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East

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Ike's Gamble: America's Rise to Dominance in the Middle East BY MICHAEL DORAN. Free Press, 2016, 320 pp.

In this richly researched, brisk, and insightful book, Doran argues that during the Suez crisis of 1956, U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and his advisers were in the grip of a misleading diplomatic paradigm, operating under a flawed set of assumptions about how international politics worked. Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, they believed they could appease the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser by extracting concessions from his British, French, and Israeli adversaries. Instead, U.S. protection only whetted Nasser's geopolitical appetite, and Eisenhower eventually rued his administration's folly. Ike's Gamble is broadly persuasive, but it loses traction in places. The author sweepingly characterizes, and sometimes dismisses, the work of other historians but seldom tells readers who they are. …

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