Ike's Gamble

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By Jean on 10-01-17

Tightly Argued

Doran attempts to make this history relevant to today. He opens with “A new administration has come to power convinced that its predecessor has made a hash of Middle East Policy: the new team’s big idea: a bold diplomatic overture to the region’s leading Muslin State.”

The book covers the period from 1951 to 1961 and is about Dwight Eisenhower and Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. Eisenhower tried wooing Nasser the first four years of his presidency. Nasser then grabbed the Canal in 1956 and aligned himself with the USSR. Doran states that in 1965 Eisenhower stated “I never should have pressured Israel to evacuate The Sinai.”

The book is well written and meticulously researched. The author states this research included newly released information from Russia. The author relied heavily on meeting reports, journals, diaries and memoirs of the key people involved. Doran admits he is providing a revisionist history in order to make his key point. Doran provides a background history then present Ike’s course of action and then analyzes the results. His in-depth analysis makes for interesting reading. The book covers a complex situation but is highly readable. Doran was the Middle East Advisor to the White House under the Bush Administration.

Casey Jones does a good job narrating the book. Jones is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Joshua Adam Saidoff on 03-04-17

Eisenhower's evolution on the Middle East

captivating account takes listeners through the details of the 1956 Suez Crisis and along the way challenges the received wisdom about the events and their meanings.. this is not only a challenge to historians, but also to policymakers whose view of history shapes current events.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Caroline Pufalt on 26-12-16

Amazing backstory

What interesting details on the background of all that led to the Suez crisis. Not sure I agree with all the author's conclusions, but what great history! A page turner in audio version

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5 out of 5 stars
By WISDOC on 29-11-16

A veiw of the little know post war history

If you could sum up Ike's Gamble in three words, what would they be?

It make the start of the Cold War mush more understandable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nasser. Not well know to this baby boomer.

Have you listened to any of Casey Jones’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jones narrative are my favorites for clarity.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But I might listen to it again due to much information that apply to current events.

Any additional comments?

This is one of several book helping understand the current problem between the West and the Middle Eastern mind.

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