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 awesome life

After September eleven, americans who had by no means given a lot idea to the center East grew to become to Bernard Lewis for a proof, catapulting What Went Wrong? and later Crisis of Islam to turn into number 1 bestsellers. He used to be 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 quarter considering international struggle II, up during the Arab Spring.

A pathbreaking pupil with command of a dozen languages, Lewis has instructed 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 conflict. 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 interpreting for someone who cares in regards to the destiny of the center East.

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