Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East By Michael Doran Book Review

During Eisenhower’s presidency Gamal Abdel Nasser came to power in Egypt.  Nasser dominated the Middle East during Eisenhower’s presidency.  The gamble was to reduce Nasser’s influence or woo him as an ally against Moscow.

Doran meticulously researched and unravels the events that resulted in the 1956 Suez Crisis.   He looks at Nasser’s increase in power as British power waned in the Middle East.  Nasser’s devious deception of the Eisenhower Administration, especially Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was to increase his power and remove the British and French from Egypt.  The policy decisions made during the Suez crisis has reverberated for decades in American foreign policy.  The book covers the years from 1951 to 1961.  A well written and researched book with in-depth analysis that is a readable page turner.

Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East is available at Amazon.