The Foreigner's Gift

The Foreigner's Gift : The Americans, the Arabs, and the Iraqis in Iraq

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Renowned and respected the world over for his astute scholarship and incisive political commentary, Fouad Ajami has an unrivalled reputation as an expert on the Arab world. In THE FOREIGNER'S GIFT, Ajami delves beneath the familiar picture of Iraq to unveil the underlying truths of real Iraqi citizens' lives and desires. From Sunni Arab leaders, Shia clerics, and American soldiers to Kurdish politicians and poets, Iraqi policemen and ordinary women voting for the first time in their lives, Ajami personally interacts with the breadth of Iraq's populace and paints a profound portrait of Iraq today, and of the Allies' quest to bring order to a nation burdened with a difficult history. Ajami interweaves contemporary history with his own observations of the current situation in Iraq - all of it elevated by his innate poetic sensibility - and delivers a masterful, multifaceted portrayal of a country that has emerged as a crucial battleground between Western power and the wider forces of Arab religious and political extremism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • The Free Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • index
  • 0743236688
  • 9780743236683
  • 783,162

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"Ajami draws on a variety of contemporary texts, mostly unknown or inaccessible to Western authors.... The result, based on six extended visits to Iraq and a lifetime of travel and experience, is the best and most idiosyncratic recent treatment of the American presence there. A series of firsthand portraits, often brilliantly subtle, of some fascinating players in contemporary Iraq." -- Victor Davis Hanson, Commentary
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"Few have the requisite ability and courage to accurately diagnose the Arab world's myriad political maladies.... Fouad Ajami, who has performed the task admirably on more than one occasion, does not disappoint with The Foreigner's Gift." -- Rayyan al-Sharaf, San Francisco Chronicle "The Foreigner's Gift stands in the tradition of Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul.... A wide-ranging, brilliant investigation of Iraq and the Arab world since the ouster of Saddam Hussein. Elegantly, Ajami interweaves history, literature, philosophy, politics, and religion with a sensitive grasp of politics in Iraq and the United States. A masterpiece." -- Josef Joffe, Publisher-editor of Die Zeit "Ajami draws on a variety of contemporary texts, mostly unknown or inaccessible to Western authors.... The result, based on six extended visits to Iraq and a lifetime of travel and experience, is the best and most idiosyncratic recent treatment of the American presence there. A series of firsthand portraits, often brilliantly subtle, of some fascinating players in contemporary Iraq." -- Victor Davis Hanson, Commentary
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About Fouad Ajami

Fouad Ajami is the Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and a consultant to CBS News on Middle Eastern affairs. Ajami is a frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and other periodicals and outlets worldwide. Born in Lebanon and raised in Beirut, he is based in New York City.
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