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Blood, Oil and the Axis

The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941

John Broich


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Praise For Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941

“Smartly written and deeply researched . . . a remarkable story of courage, initiative, and bold small-unit leadership.”

— Military History Magazine

Broich tells the story with enthusiasm and an impressive ability to summarize big-picture complexities. . . . In places, as spies stalk the region, the material is like Casablanca meets The English Patient. . . . Broich’s research in original documents and archives is impressive, his telling of the story in part through personal accounts is unique and his point of view is free of tedious ideological ax-grinding.

— The Wall Street Journal

Blood, Oil, and the Axis is a war story that fits well into the larger narrative of World War II, showing how colonialism shaped numerous conflicts in the Middle East and tracking the emergence of future movements there. It’s a worthy, informative, and enjoyable history of the war, highlighting an often overlooked aspect of the conflict.”

— Foreword Reviews

Abrams Press, 9781468313994, 368pp.

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

About the Author

John Broich holds a PhD in British History from Stanford University, and is a professor of British Empire history at Case Western Reserve University. His writing regularly appears in the Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, and Newsweek. He is the author of Squadron: Ending the African Slave Trade. He lives in Ohio and Minnesota.