Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian

Notes on a Century: Reflections of a Middle East Historian

Bernard Lewis

The no 1 New York Times bestselling writer of What Went Wrong? tells the tale of his outstanding life

After September eleven, american citizens who had by no means given a lot proposal to the center East became to Bernard Lewis for a proof, catapulting What Went Wrong? and later Crisis of Islam to develop into no 1 bestsellers. He was once the 1st to warn of a coming "clash of civilizations," a time period he coined in 1957, and has led an grand existence, as a lot a political actor as a student of the center East. during this witty memoir he displays at the occasions that experience reworked the zone in view that global conflict II, up in the course of the Arab Spring.

A pathbreaking student with command of a dozen languages, Lewis has suggested American presidents and dined with politicians from the shah of Iran to the pope. through the years, he had tea at Buckingham Palace, befriended Golda Meir, and briefed politicians from Ted Kennedy to Dick Cheney. No stranger to controversy, he pulls no punches in his blunt feedback of these who see him because the highbrow progenitor of the Iraq battle. Like America’s different nice historian-statesmen Arthur Schlesinger and Henry Kissinger, he's a determine of towering mind and a world-class raconteur, which makes Notes on a Century crucial analyzing for a person who cares in regards to the destiny of the center East.

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