The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

Publisher: Harper Perennial Date of Publication: 2006 Author: Fisk, Robert

Review

‘For sheer bravery, dazzling prose, three interviews with Osama bin Laden and an unrivalled collection of awards won over three decades, there is nobody to match Robert Fisk. This book is his testament.’ Sunday Times

‘Brilliant…powerfully written.’ Independent on Sunday

‘A remarkable book.’ New Statesman

‘Fisk writes with a marvellous resource of image and language. His investigative reporting is lethally painstaking.’ Neal Ascherson, Independent

‘His forte is straight reporting, such as his three interviews with Osama bin Laden. At least as good are his meetings with Saddam Hussein, Khomeini and Sadeq Khalkhali, the hanging judge of the Iranian revolution, and his close-ups of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the launch of Saddam’s war against Iran, an ambush by Islamists of an Algerian police patrol, and a lift into trouble in an Apache attack helicopter on the Iraq/Turkey border.’ Guardian

‘A mammoth and magisterial work, the definitive summation of what has gone wrong in the West’s foreign policies towards Arabia.’ Scottish Sunday Herald

‘A stimulating and absorbing book, by a man who speaks Arabic, who has known the region better than most, and has met the leading players, from bin Laden to Ahmad Chalabi. A formidable production.’ New York Times

‘Full of furious, vivid and highly personalised writing…An important book by an intrepid and talented writer.’ Literary Review

‘Vivid, graphic, intense and very personal…this is a book of unquestionable importance.’ Washington Post

From the Back Cover

Vivid personal reporting and incisive, angry historical analysis
make Robert Fisk’s passionate eyewitness account of the events that have
shaped the Middle East in to an unforgettable work. Thirty years at the
heart of world-shaking events have produced a masterpiece that is personal,
tragic and compassionate, a chronicle of the death by deceit of tens of
thousands of men and women – Muslim, Christian and Jew – and the life of
one of the world’s most acclaimed journalists.