Notes on a Century

Reflections of a Middle East Historian

By Bernard Lewis; Ralph Lister (Read by); Bernard Lewis (Read by)
(Brilliance Audio, MP3 CD, 9781455890781)

Publication Date: May 10, 2012

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Few historians end up as historical actors in their own right, but Bernard Lewis has both witnessed and participated in some of the key events of the last century. When we think of the Middle East, we see it in terms that he defined and articulated. In this exceptional memoir he shares stories of his wartime service in London and Cairo, decrypting intercepts for MI6, with sometimes unexpected consequences. After the war, he was the first Western scholar ever invited into the Ottoman archives in Istanbul. He coined the term clash of civilizations in the 1950s, when no one imagined that political Islam would one day eclipse communism. A brilliant raconteur with an extraordinary gift for languages (he mastered thirteen), he regales us with tales of memorable encounters with Edward Kennedy, the Shah of Iran, Golda Meir, and Pope John Paul II among many others. September 11 catapulted him onto the world stage as his seminal books What Went Wrong? and Crisis of Islam leaped onto bestseller lists. In his first major book since the second Iraq war, Lewis describes how contrary to popular fiction he opposed the war and reveals his exchanges with the Bush administration outlining his far greater concerns about Iran. For more than half a century, Bernard Lewis has taken influential and controversial positions on contemporary politics and on the politics of academe. A man of towering intellect and erudition, he writes with the flair of Toynbee or Gibbon, only he has seen more and is much funnier.



About the Author
Bernard T. Lewis is a recognized leader in facilities management and the author of McGraw-Hill's Facility Manager's Operation and Maintenance Handbook and Facility Manager's Portable Handbook. Dr. Lewis owns and manages a facilities management consultant firm that specializes in facilities engineering management problem-solving. His clients have included the Charles E. Smith Companies, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the Port Authority of New York. A member of the Association of Facilities Engineers, Dr. Lewis teaches engineering management, lectures on facilities management nationally and internationally, and is the author of 21 books and numerous magazine articles on facilities management and engineering. A West Point graduate in civil/mechanical engineering, he holds an M.A. in mathematics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University. Richard P. Payant has more than 7 years of experience as Director of Facilities Management at Georgetown University and more than 23 years' experience with the Army Corps of Engineers. A certified plant engineer and facility manager, an adjunct professor at George Mason, and the author of several professional publications, he has an M.A. in business management/public administration from Central Michigan University and a B.S. from Norwich University.

Ralph Lister's Audie-nominated audiobook work and best actor awards for both stage and film (2011 Grand Award and 2014 Eclipse Award, respectively) have led him into the delightfully strange worlds of the many characters he embodies in voice. Ralph has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks and directed over a dozen others, across all genres, both fiction and nonfiction. His film credits include roles in "OZ: The Great and Powerful" and "Alleged".

Bernard T. Lewis is a recognized leader in facilities management and the author of McGraw-Hill's Facility Manager's Operation and Maintenance Handbook and Facility Manager's Portable Handbook. Dr. Lewis owns and manages a facilities management consultant firm that specializes in facilities engineering management problem-solving. His clients have included the Charles E. Smith Companies, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and the Port Authority of New York. A member of the Association of Facilities Engineers, Dr. Lewis teaches engineering management, lectures on facilities management nationally and internationally, and is the author of 21 books and numerous magazine articles on facilities management and engineering. A West Point graduate in civil/mechanical engineering, he holds an M.A. in mathematics from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Pacific Western University. Richard P. Payant has more than 7 years of experience as Director of Facilities Management at Georgetown University and more than 23 years' experience with the Army Corps of Engineers. A certified plant engineer and facility manager, an adjunct professor at George Mason, and the author of several professional publications, he has an M.A. in business management/public administration from Central Michigan University and a B.S. from Norwich University.
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