America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford (Hardback, 2012)

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But this crisis was not a historical inevitability-far from it. Indeed, the earliest generation of CIA operatives was actually the region's staunchest western ally. Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and the first head of CIA covert action in the region; his cousin, Archie Roosevelt, was a Middle East scholar and chief of the Beirut station.