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The Resource Sandcastles : the Arabs in search of the modern world, Milton Viorst

Sandcastles : the Arabs in search of the modern world, Milton Viorst

Label
Sandcastles : the Arabs in search of the modern world
Title
Sandcastles
Title remainder
the Arabs in search of the modern world
Statement of responsibility
Milton Viorst
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • A Single "Arab nation" has never existed, not even a thousand years ago, when the Arabs, driven by a rigorous new faith, conquered the Middle East and North Africa. Today, two hundred million Arabs share a language and a variety of historical experiences, the culture of Islam - and a deep-seated uncertainty about their place in a world changing at terrifying speed
  • In the midst of war, enormous economic disparities, personal and ideological rivalries and threats from the outside, the Arabs are searching for their place in the modern world
  • It is this search that Milton Viorst examines in Sandcastles. Drawing upon his long personal experience in the Middle East and many recent trips undertaken as a correspondent for The New Yorker, he takes us deep into the aspirations, fears, prejudices, hopes and convictions of the inhabitants of seven key countries, and of the people without a country - the Palestinians. What emerges is a profoundly perceptive picture of the Arabs as they have been, as they are, and as they may become
  • Viorst takes us first to Baghdad, an ancient city of art, literature and lost grandeur, whose hopes for a renaissance have been crushed by tyranny and war. We travel then to Istanbul, capital of an empire that for centuries ruled the Arabs, leaving them with a taste for Islamic zealotry, strong coffee and political despotism
  • In Cairo, Viorst's fascinating series of talks with the Nobel laureate novelist Naguib Mahfouz illuminates the despair of Egypt; in Damascus, we are offered a frightening insight into the autocracy of Hafez al-Assad, who sees himself as heir to the legendary warrior Saladin
  • In sorting out Lebanon's political and religious factions, Viorst shows us how a civilized society, in submitting to baser passions, careened to the edge of self-destruction. Among the displaced Palestinians, jammed into the camps of Gaza or tenuously clinging to life in shabby West Bank towns, he finds prospects of a better life suffocated by military occupation and stone-throwing anger
  • In surprising revelations on the origins of the Gulf war, Viorst describes an oil-fed greed that made Kuwait the enemy of most Arab nations, notably Iraq, while in the desert kingdom of Jordan, he tells how a king descended from Mohammed experiments with democracy to keep fundamentalists at bay
  • A return to Iraq after the Gulf war yields a report on the melancholy of a people whose leader seems to invite still more destruction upon them, and the book closes with a crisply up-to-date account of the Israeli-PLO settlement and its consequences
  • Balanced and thought-provoking, and at the same time wonderfully alive with fresh and insightful reporting, Sandcastles is an exceptional book, essential for understanding the desperate efforts of a people with an illustrious past to restore the prospect of a bountiful future
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
909/.0974927082
Index
index present
LC call number
DS49.7
LC item number
.V56 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Sandcastles : the Arabs in search of the modern world, Milton Viorst
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [387]-399) and index
Contents
Iraq -- Turkey -- Egypt -- Syria -- Lebanon -- The Palestinians -- Kuwait -- Jordan -- Iraq revisited
Control code
35628
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 414 p.
Isbn
9780679405993
Lccn
93002540
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28292653
  • (OCoLC)28292653
Label
Sandcastles : the Arabs in search of the modern world, Milton Viorst
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [387]-399) and index
Contents
Iraq -- Turkey -- Egypt -- Syria -- Lebanon -- The Palestinians -- Kuwait -- Jordan -- Iraq revisited
Control code
35628
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xiv, 414 p.
Isbn
9780679405993
Lccn
93002540
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm28292653
  • (OCoLC)28292653

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