This book takes a new look at this troubled portion of the globe from the standpoint of America's national interests. The Middle East, by reason of its size, strategic location, the instability of its politics, and its natural resources, holds the world's attention. Authors Duignan and Gann pay special attention to the problem of oil and the United States' political relationship with this area of the world.
Peter J. Duignan was a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He wrote extensively on comparative colonial history, modern European history, African documentation and bibliography, Hispanics in the United States, U.S. foreign policy, Africa, immigration to the United States, and the Atlantic Alliance (the U.S. and Europe since 1945). He died in 2012.