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Devil's Game

How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project)

Robert Dreyfuss


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"The most clear and engaging history of the deadly, historic partnership between Western powers and political Islam."—

Devil's Game is the first comprehensive account of America's misguided efforts, stretching across decades, to dominate the strategically vital Middle East by courting and cultivating Islamic fundamentalism.

Drawing on extensive archival research and interviews with dozens of policy makers and CIA, Pentagon, and foreign service officials, Robert Dreyfuss follows the trail of American collusion from support for the Muslim Brotherhood in 1950s Egypt, to links with Khomeini and Afghani jihadists, to longstanding ties between radical Islamists and the leading banks of the West. The result is as tragic as it is paradoxical: originally deployed as pawns to foil nationalism and communism, extremist mullahs and ayatollahs now dominate the landscape, thundering against freedom of thought, science, women's rights, secularism—and their former patron.
Chronicling a history of double-dealing, cynical exploitation, and humiliating embarrassment that continues to this day, Devil's Game reveals a pattern that, far from furthering democracy or security, ensures a future of blunders and blowback.

Praise For Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (American Empire Project)

“Eye-opening, original, and important.” —Chalmers Johnson, author of The Sorrows of Empire

“Crisp, lively . . . Provides a concise and readable account of the evolution of America's partnerships with radical Islamic groups and regimes.” —The American Conservative

Metropolitan Books, 9780805081374, 400pp.

Publication Date: October 3, 2006

About the Author

Robert Dreyfuss, who covers national security for Rolling Stone, has written extensively on Iraq and the war on terrorism for The Nation, The American Prospect, and Mother Jones. He is the author of Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. A frequent contributor to NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and many other broadcast outlets, he lives in Alexandria, Virginia.