Epic encounters : culture, media, and U.S. interests in the Middle East since 1945 / Melani McAlister
Book | University of California Press | 2005 | Updated ed., with a post-9/11 chapter.

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Updated ed., with a post-9/11 chapter.
xix, 407 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
American crossroads ; 6
American crossroads ; 6.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-392) and index.
Introduction: Middle East interests -- "Benevolent supremacy" : the biblical epic at the dawn of the American century, 1947-1960 -- The Middle East in African American politics, 1955-1972 -- King Tut, commodity nationalism, and the politics of oil, 1973-1979 -- The good fight : Israel after Vietnam, 1972-1980 -- Iran, Islam, and the terrorist threat, 1979-1989 -- Military multiculturalism in the Gulf War and after, 1990-1999 -- Conclusion: 9/11 and after : snapshots on the road to empire.
Examines how popular culture has shaped the ways Americans define their "interests" in the Middle East. Author McAlister argues that U.S. foreign policy, while grounded in material and military realities, is also developed in a cultural context. American understandings of the region are framed by narratives that draw on religious belief, news media accounts, and popular culture. This book skillfully weaves readings of film, media, and music with a rigorous analysis of U.S. foreign policy, race politics, and religious history.--From publisher description.
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0520244990 (pbk. ;) (alk. paper)
9780520244993 (pbk. ;) (alk. paper)
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