Blood and Sand

Blood and Sand

Suez, Hungary, and Eisenhower's Campaign for Peace

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"The year 1956 was a turning point in history. Over sixteen extraordinary days in October and November of that year, the twin crises involving Suez and Hungary pushed the world to the brink of a nuclear conflict and what many at the time were calling World War III. Blood and Sand relates this story hour-by-hour, through a fascinating international cast of characters: Anthony Eden, the British prime minister, caught in a trap of his own making; Gamal Abdel Nasser, the bold young populist leader of Egypt; David Ben-Gurion, the strong-willed founding prime minister of Israel; Guy Mollet, the bellicose French prime minister; and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the American president, torn between an old world order and a new one in the very same week that his own fate as president was to be decided by the American people. This is a fresh new account of these dramatic events and people, one that for the first time sets both crises in the context of the global Cold War, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the treacherous power politics of imperialism and oil. Blood and Sand resonates strikingly with the problems of oil control, religious fundamentalism, and international unity that face the world today, and is essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of the modern Middle East and Europe."--From dust jacket.
"A revelatory popular history that tells the story of the Suez Crisis and the Hungarian Revolution of 1956--a tale of conspiracy and revolutions, spies and terrorists, kidnappings and assassination plots, the fall of the British Empire and the rise of American hegemony under the heroic leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower--which shaped the Middle East and Europe we know today"--From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062249241
006224924X
Branch Call Number: 909.825 V897b 2016
Characteristics: xvi, 534 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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Feb 01, 2017

Fascinating behind the scenes glimpses, as when an overwrought CIA Hungary man screams "You're all a bunch of Commies" in a strategy meeting. He is "obliged" to spend a few days at home. His wife calls in, concerned that he keeps taking out his revolver and talking to it."

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