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- DescriptionOver the past thirty years, while the United States has turned either a blind or dismissive eye, Iran has emerged as a nation every bit as capable of altering America s destiny as traditional superpowers Russia and China. Indeed, one of this book s central arguments is that, in some ways, Iran s grip on America s future is even tighter. As ex CIA operative Robert Baer masterfully shows, Iran has maneuvered itself into the elite superpower ranks by exploiting Americans false perceptions of what Iran is by letting us believe it is a country run by scowling religious fanatics, too preoccupied with theocratic jostling and terrorist agendas to strengthen its political and ecomic foundations. The reality is much more frightening and yet contained in the potential catastrophe is an implicit political response that, if we re bold eugh to adopt it, could avert disaster. Baer s on-the-ground sleuthing and interviews with key Middle East players everyone from an Iranian ayatollah to the king of Bahrain to the head of Israel s internal security paint a picture of the centuries-old Shia nation that is starkly the opposite of the one rmally drawn. For example, Iran s hate-spouting President Ahmadinejad is by means the true spokesman for Iranian foreign policy, r is Iran making it the highest priority to become a nuclear player. Even so, Baer has discovered that Iran is currently engaged in a soft takeover of the Middle East, that the proxy method of war-making and co-option it perfected with Hezbollah in Leban is being exported throughout the region, that Iran w controls a significant portion of Iraq, that it is extending its influence over Jordan and Egypt, that the Arab Emirates and other Gulf States are being pulled into its sphere, and that it will shortly have a firm hold on the world s oil spigot. By mixing anecdotes with information gleaned from clandestine sources, Baer superbly demonstrates that Iran, far from being a wild-eyed rogue state, is a rational actor one skilled in the game of nations and so effective at thwarting perceived Western colonialism that even rival Sunnis relish fighting under its banner. For U.S. policy makers, the choices have narrowed: either cede the world s most important energy corridors to a nation that can match us militarily with its asymmetric capabilities (which include the use of suicide bombers) or deal with the devil we kw. We might just find that in allying with Iran, we ll have increased t just our own security but that of all Middle East nations.The alternative to continue goading Iran into establishing hegemony over the Muslim world is too chilling to contemplate. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author BiographyROBERT BAER is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Sleeping with the Devil, about the Saudi royal family and its relationship with the United States; and See No Evil, which recounts Baer s years as a top CIA operative. See No Evil was the basis for the acclaimed film Syriana, which earned George Clooney an Oscar for his portrayal of Baer. Baer writes regularly for Time.com and has contributed to Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He is considered one of the world s foremost authorities on the Middle East. From the Hardcover edition.
- Author(s)Robert Baer
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRandom House Inc
- Weight227 g
- Width134 mm
- Height199 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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