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Hornets over Kuwait
Jay A. Stout
1557508356
May 1997
Hardcover
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War in the Gulf, 1990-91
Majid Khadduri
0195149793
Sept 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
The swift onset of the Persian Gulf War took many observers (and many television viewers) by surprise. It had, historians Khadduri and Ghareeb note, been a long time coming, however. Kuwait had been artificially severed from Iraq at the end of British colonial rule in 1921, and Iraq had long been seeking access to Kuwaiti ports on the Gulf that, had it been granted, might have forestalled war. Carefully tracing the history of the 1990-91 conflict, the authors suggest that Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait followed a certain logic, but not an inevitable one, and that the Allied powers perhaps should have waited for a peaceful Iraqi withdrawal. Theirs is a controversial reading of history, but one that merits an audience. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Understanding Iraq: The Whole Sweep of Iraqi History, of Outside Rule from Genghis Khan to the Ottoman Turks to the British Mandate to the American Occupation
William R. Polk
0060764686
April 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In this tightly crafted book, even the introductory note on words and spellings makes for a lesson in misunderstandings. Not only have occupying armies, officials and journalists not known the local language, Polk observes, but because Arabic is grounded in religious and historical texts, outsiders have missed the allusions that inform Iraqis' perceptions. Polk's history of ignorance reads like a portent. As the events in his history of Iraq from the Sumerians to the U.S. war of 2003 unfold in chronological order, they read like historical echoes of Iraq's present. The effect is haunting, and Polk's knack for understatement—he describes the recent American tactic of dismissing the Iraqi military but allowing them to keep their weapons as "maladroit"—only adds to the feeling of dread....


Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, Vol. 1
Jean Sasson
0967673747
March 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In this consistently gripping work, a Literary Guild alternate selection in cloth, the American-born Sasson recounts the life story of a Saudi princess she met while living in Saudi Arabia, offering a glimpse of the appalling conditions endured by even privileged women in the Middle East. Photos. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From Library Journal
One must keep in mind the context of time and place when reading this emotional and exciting book to alleviate some of the horror of the injustices endured by the women described here. Equality of men and women has not worked out in any society, but the status of women in Islam is more problematic in that canon law is applied according to the...


Art of Dhow-Building in Kuwait
Yaqub Yusuf Hijji, Ya'Qub Yusuf Al-Hijji
1900404281
October 2001
Hardcover
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Kuwait, 1950-1965
Simon C. Smith
0197261973
Mar 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
Based on a wide range of official and private papers, this study examines the development of relations between Kuwait and Britain during the reign of Shaikh Abdullah Salim - a period of spectacular expansion in oil production. Of particular concern are Kuwait's role in the post-war British
economy, the survival of the al-Sabah ruling family in an era of unprecedented change, and the interaction of Kuwait with the Arab world.


The Rape of Kuwait: The True Story of Iraqi Atrocities Against a Civilian Population
Jean P. Sasson
1561291935
January 1991
Paperback
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21 Days to Baghdad: Photos from the Battlefield
Time Magazine (Editor)
0641641443

Hardcover
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The Ottoman Gulf
Frederick F. Anscombe
0231108397
Sept 1997
Paperback
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Middle East Quarterly
The nineteenth-centuy Persian Gulf has been much studied but, Anscombe stresses, always relying primarily on the British archives and therefore seen predominantly from the British point of view. He instead bases his work on the Ottoman documents and sees the Gulf from the perspective of Instanbul. . . . Excellent.

L. Carl Brown author of Imperial Legacy: The Ottoman Imprint on the Balkans and the Middle East
Too much modern Arab history has been written as if the Ottoman Empire had virtually no standing in the unfolding events. Anscombe corrects and enriches the record by uncovering and interpreting the significant Ottoman input without, however, slighting the Wahhibi-Saudi and British-Western sources and interpretations. All are deftly balanced in this fine study. ...


Kuwait (Cultures of the World)
Maria O'Shea
0761408711
January 1999
Library Binding
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Card catalog description
Introduces the geography, history, religious beliefs, government, and people of Kuwait, a small country on the Persian Gulf.


Stories of Democracy
Mary Ann Tetreault
0231114885
May 2000
Hardcover
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Ellis Goldberg, Princeton University
Far and away the best and most detailed book on Kuwait or any other of the Gulf states produced so far in English. Titreault's vast and deep knowledge of Kuwaiti political elites and petroleum policy make her outstanding discussions with Kuwaiti political leaders fascinating.

Review
" Stories of Democracy is an outstanding book on the idiosyncrasies of Kuwaiti politics, unravelling how the process of modernization is -- obviously not without its ambiguities -- tipping the balance...[T]he author must be congratulated with a high-class publication, successfully combining theoretical notions -- from different disciplines -- and empirical research." -- Middle East Journal
"Tetreault provides a fascinating and insightful analysis of political life and...


Table in the Presence
Carey H. Cash
0891418881
October 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Review
“A dramatic chronicle of courage and a testament of faith under fire that is as stirring as it is eloquent.”
–Oliver North

Book Description
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
–Psalm 23:5

There are some places where you just don’t expect to find God. For the men of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, downtown Baghdad was one of those places. Moving into the heart of Iraq and ever deeper into enemy territory, they found themselves face-to-face with the ruthless Iraqi Republican Guard and Fedayeen militia. But when the smoke cleared, God’s touch was clearly visible.

Serving as a chaplain to the U.S. Marines, Lieutenant Carey Cash had witnessed the miracles that began in the desert of northern...


Stories of Democracy
Mary Ann Tetreault
0231114893
May 2000
Paperback
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Ellis Goldberg, Princeton University
Far and away the best and most detailed book on Kuwait or any other of the Gulf states produced so far in English. Titreault's vast and deep knowledge of Kuwaiti political elites and petroleum policy make her outstanding discussions with Kuwaiti political leaders fascinating.

Review
" Stories of Democracy is an outstanding book on the idiosyncrasies of Kuwaiti politics, unravelling how the process of modernization is -- obviously not without its ambiguities -- tipping the balance...[T]he author must be congratulated with a high-class publication, successfully combining theoretical notions -- from different disciplines -- and empirical research." -- Middle East Journal
"Tetreault provides a fascinating and insightful analysis of political life and...


The Story of the Persian Gulf War (Cornerstones of Freedom. Second Series)
Leila Merrell Foster
0516047620
October 1991
Library Binding
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-6-- Readers attempting to understand this war will not be well served by this treatment. Opening with the invasion of Kuwait, Foster attempts to explain possible reasons for Saddam Hussein's actions and gives a scanty overview of Iraq's history. The invasion itself is covered, followed by the failure of international negotiations and the onset and success of Desert Storm. The author closes by posing questions about how the Middle East will deal with the difficult years ahead. So many terms go undefined (junta, annexing, Zionist, desalination, tirades) that either a dictionary or frustration will go hand in hand with children new to the topic. In addition, the attempts at brevity lead to added confusion. In explaining that perhaps Hussein thought he would remain unchallenged, Foster writes, ``The...


Mccoy's Marines: Darkside to Baghdad
John Koopman
0760320888
February 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
San Francisco Chronicle reporter and marine veteran Koopman was embedded in the Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, during the most recent war in Iraq. He enjoyed a close working relationship with the CO, the battalion sergeant major, and several other members of the battalion. This didn't destroy his ability to distance himself from aspects of the military that he never liked, or from political judgments on the war. The combination of embedding and prior service did give him a rare perspective on the gritty (literally, when a sandstorm blew up) details of ground combat in Iraq and how the modern American marine relates to his buddies, his enemies, and his family back home. The conclusion of the book offers equally rare material on the nation-building efforts that continue, with sympathy for both the U.S. military and...


Oil and Politics in the Gulf : Rulers and Merchants in Kuwait and Qatar (Cambridge Middle East Library)
Jill Crystal, et al
0521366399


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Review
'... a welcome addition to the literature and should be read by any student of the Gulf oil states.' Charles Gurdon, Business History
'This book is vital for an understanding of Kuwait's political economy - or economic politics.' Theodore Draper, New York Review of Books
'This book should appeal to several kinds of audiences: regionalists interested in the Middle East and Persian Gulf States; international relations specialists who want to know more about this strategic area and would like some solid local history upon which to anchor their postwar analyses; and theorists of state development ... ' Gregory Nowell, American Political Science Review

Review
"...her careful, scholarly study is a reminder that it can be risky to put too much stock in the status quo...." Philadelphia...


Boots on the Ground: A Month with the 82nd Airborne in the Battle for Iraq
Karl Zinsmeister
031299608X
October 2004
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This account of one reporter's month with the 82nd Airborne Division is both a conservative polemic and a vivid portrait of American infantrymen in action. Zinsmeister, who was embedded with the army as a correspondent for The National Review, makes no bones about his unabashed support for the war, and for the American military in general. (He tells readers that he's always taught his own children "to think of military jet noise as 'the sound of freedom.'") The prospect of spending time rubbing shoulders with soldiers in the trenches clearly delights him even before he touches down on Iraqi soil. There is humor in the Zinsmeister's account of bartering for gear in Kuwait's "Body Armor Bazaar," and he provides useful insights into how many of the non-combat operations are actually performed by private civilian...


Saddam's War of Words
Jerry M. Long
0292701608
Apr 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
From a Western perspective, the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 largely fulfilled the first President Bush's objective: "In, out, do it, do it right, get gone. That's the message." But in the Arab world, the causes and consequences of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and his subsequent defeat by a U.S.-led coalition were never so clear-cut. The potent blend of Islam and Arab nationalism that Saddam forged to justify the unjustifiable--his invasion of a Muslim state--gained remarkable support among both Muslims and Arabs and continued to resonate in the Middle East long after the fighting ended. Indeed, as this study argues in passing, it became a significant strand in the tangled web of ideologies and actions that led to the attacks of 9/11. This landmark book offers the first in-depth investigation of how Saddam...


Weapons of Desert Storm
Walter J. Boyne
0451822307


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Kuwait
Hal Marcovitz
1590845102
October 2002
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Gr. 5-8. Divided into chapters on the land, people, and history, this entry in the Modern Middle East Nations series gives readers a broad introduction to Kuwait, a tiny but strategically important emirate. Kuwait comes off as a nation at once blessed and cursed by its tremendous wealth. Citizens are guaranteed a comfortable life (the government buys each couple a large house when they get married), but there's little motivation to work or seek a more representative government. Marcovitz pays special attention to the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq in 1990 and the environmental and economic catastrophe that followed. Attractive full-page photographs introduce new chapters and smaller photographs of Kuwaitis at prayer, work, and play are scattered throughout the book, adding dimension to the text. Though occasionally...


Saddam's War of Words
Jerry M. Long
0292702647
Apr 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
From a Western perspective, the Persian Gulf War of 1990-1991 largely fulfilled the first President Bush's objective: "In, out, do it, do it right, get gone. That's the message." But in the Arab world, the causes and consequences of Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and his subsequent defeat by a U.S.-led coalition were never so clear-cut. The potent blend of Islam and Arab nationalism that Saddam forged to justify the unjustifiable--his invasion of a Muslim state--gained remarkable support among both Muslims and Arabs and continued to resonate in the Middle East long after the fighting ended. Indeed, as this study argues in passing, it became a significant strand in the tangled web of ideologies and actions that led to the attacks of 9/11. This landmark book offers the first in-depth investigation of how Saddam...


Sleeping with Custer and the 7th Cavalry: An Embedded Reporter in Iraq
Walter C. Rodgers
0809326728
October 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Rodgers, a CNN correspondent, was embedded for three weeks in March 2003 with the Seventh Calvary, who advanced from the Kuwaiti border to Baghdad. In this fascinating account, he begins with his experiences at Embed U, the orientation school for journalists at which he was taught how to deal with chemical weapons, which were never used by the Iraqis. He recalls going into war zones in a refitted Humvee purchased from King Hummer, a used-car salesman in Kuwait. Rodgers and his crew struggled along with the cavalry, trying to stay alive and developing close ties with the soldiers, who never questioned the legitimacy of their missions. The benefit of embedding was the firsthand view of combat it offered the reporters, but Rodgers notes that the embedded journalist necessarily lacks a broader picture. Returning to Iraq a...


The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.(Review) (book reviews) : An article from: Canadian Journal of History [HTML]
Virginia H. Aksan
B00098ZG6G
December 1, 1998
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Book Description
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Title: The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.(Review) (book reviews)
Author: Virginia H. Aksan
Publication: Canadian Journal of History (Refereed)
Date: December 1, 1998
Publisher: University of Saskatchewan
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Oil and Politics in the Gulf
Jill Crystal
0521466350
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Review
'... a welcome addition to the literature and should be read by any student of the Gulf oil states.' Charles Gurdon, Business History
'This book is vital for an understanding of Kuwait's political economy - or economic politics.' Theodore Draper, New York Review of Books
'This book should appeal to several kinds of audiences: regionalists interested in the Middle East and Persian Gulf States; international relations specialists who want to know more about this strategic area and would like some solid local history upon which to anchor their postwar analyses; and theorists of state development ... ' Gregory Nowell, American Political Science Review

Review
"...her careful, scholarly study is a reminder that it can be risky to put too much stock in the status quo...." Philadelphia...


Speeches of Deception
Salomon Ruysdael
0595270395
Feb 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
It has been said that Saddam Hussein held an almost hypnotic force over the Iraqi people when he spoke. Without a doubt, this volume reveals that Saddam is an amazing orator who uses his special talent to obilize a nation to do his bidding. This book is a window into the present where we can witness the power Saddam Hussein's words had over the masses. The consequences of a nation... of a world... rested upon this unique blend of propaganda and emotion. No one should forget the devastation brought about by President Saddam Hussein and this collection of 27 Speeches by the dictator is a unique opportunity to experience how words can be used to incite a nation. A work of this sort will give the reading public direct access to Saddam Hussein´s Dictatorship, which the reader in turn can closely study, by making...


Kuwait
Leila Merrell Foster
0516206044
March 1998
Library Binding
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-10-Blauer and Laure begin with a simple account of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and the hopes it engendered and emphasize life since majority rule. The chapter on history, however, is curiously old-fashioned, beginning only with the coming of Europeans. South Africa in Pictures (Lerner, 1996) better reveals the historical role of Africans and the resistance of 19th-century African kingdoms to the encroaching Europeans. Nonetheless, key themes emerge: the competition for land and resources among whites and between whites and blacks; the impact of racial discrimination; the struggle of black Africans for freedom; and the diversity of South African society. Foster's book opens with a fictional description of a Kuwaiti brother and sister during the Iraqi invasion and closes with their imagined...


The Gulf War : Overreaction & Excessiveness
Hassan A. El-Najjar
0970817509
January 1, 2001
Paperback
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Donald E. Davis, Ph.D.
...lucid analysis of the Gulf War not only provides readers with the historical context in which the war was fought...

James A. Stevenson, Ph.D. Dalton State College
...one of those splendid studies that infuses moral significance with intellectual rigor.

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Kuwait's Natural History: An Introduction
David Clayton (Editor), et al
B000EMBMEW

Hardcover
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Book Description
Chapters: country & climate; vegetation; land invertebrates; reptiles; birds; mammals; marine life; sea shells; traditional fishing; conservation; bibliography; seashell sizes; indices


Kuwait
Solomon A. Isiorho
0613509544
September 2002
Hardcover
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Courage and Cowardice
Delbert N. Abbott
059533430X
Mar 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
As a Cavalry Scout Section Sergeant, author Delbert Abbott couldn’t understand why he felt troubled and upset about his part in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He had taken part in the most decisive war in recent history, a ground war that he and those who served with him had won in only one hundred hours. Yet, for years he struggled to make his part of the war make sense. It was only during this most recent campaign, Operation Iraqi Freedom, that he understood why he was so conflicted. This book tells the personal story of a Cavalry Scout Section Sergeant whose unit, 4/8 Cavalry, went from becoming deactivated to becoming a pivotal part of the victory of Desert Storm. Reading this book you will feel the sand blowing in your face, the heat radiating from the desert, and the apprehension in a young soldiers heart....

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