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Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Rivalry That Unravelled the Middle East Paperback – 28 January 2020

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[A] blistering account ... Ghattas knows how to tell a cracking story ... Black Wave is a cri de coeur, an action-packed modern history written with the pace of a detective thriller - Sunday Times Fascinating ... Highly readable ... The publication of this book, Black Wave, could not be better timed - The Times Wonderfully readable ... A vivid, indispensable guide - Observer A brilliant book, written with verve and style. It is not just essential reading, but thoroughly riveting as well. I could not put it down - author of The Silk Roads In this ambitious and highly readable book, Kim Ghattas tells the story of how Middle Eastern political and religious leaders betrayed their people. Her bold thesis that the events of 1979 scattered the seeds of destruction is revelatory and original. It is easy to despair but she finds hope too - only by understanding what happened can the next generation find a way forward - International Editor, Channel 4 News and author of In Extremis Vivid reporting, deep analysis. This is a fascinating and important book. Kim Ghattas tracks the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran as it pulled the Middle East and the wider Muslim world out of shape. Black Wave is essential reading if you want to understand why the region slid into religious extremism and blood-soaked sectarianism Skillfully written and scrupulously researched, Black Wave is an essential book in understanding the origins of the modern conflicts in the Middle East - Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower A brilliant piece of work. Ghattas reveals how the competition between Tehran and Riyadh led to the instrumentalization of Islam to destroy cosmopolitanism, force women to veil, and to mobilize sectarian extremists - Senior Fellow at Yale University s Jackson Institute and author of In a Time of Monsters

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Kim Ghattas is an Emmy-award winning journalist and writer who covered the Middle East for twenty years for the BBC and the Financial Times. She has also reported on the U.S State Department and American politics. She has been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post and Foreign Policy, and is currently a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. Born and raised in Lebanon, she now lives between Beirut and Washington D.C.
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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1472271106
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1472271105
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