World History

"America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East"

Hugh Wilford

About the Program

Hugh Wilford, history professor at California State University, Long Beach, recounts the CIA’s early forays in the Middle East in the 1940s and 1950s.  The operations were led by Theodore Roosevelt’s grandson, Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt, head of the region’s covert actions, who was assisted by his cousin Archie Roosevelt, chief of the Beirut Station.  The author reports that these men’s actions, in conjunction with covert operations specialist Miles Copeland, would invariably lay the groundwork for current foreign policy relations between the U.S. and the Middle East.  Hugh Wilford speaks at Politics & Prose bookstore in Washington, D.C.  
 

About the Authors

Hugh Wilford

Hugh Wilford is the author of several books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America.  He is a history professor at California State University, Long Beach.  For more information, visit americasgreatgame.com.


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