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978-0-7391-3202-9 • Paperback • September 2008 • $57.99 • (£45.00)
978-0-7391-3203-6 • eBook • April 2008 • $55.00 • (£42.00)
Marc J. O'Reilly is assistant professor of political science at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, OH, where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and related subjects.
Chapter 1 Table
Chapter 2 Acknowledgements
Chapter 3 Preface
Chapter 4 1. Not So Innocents Abroad: America, the Persian Gulf, & Empire
Chapter 5 2 Initiation: 1941-47
Chapter 6 3 Confrontations: 1948-58
Chapter 7 4 Assists and Reformulations: 1959-72
Chapter 8 5 Insults and Reorientations: 1973-89
Chapter 9 6 Victory and Quarantine: 1990-2000
Chapter 10 7 In Search of Monsters to Destroy: 2001-07
Chapter 11 8 Conclusion: An Unexceptional Empire
Chapter 12 Bibliography
Chapter 13 Index
Chapter 14 About the Author
Marc O'Reilly's exhaustively researched book is the first serious effort to review the development of American policy in the Persian Gulf from World War II to the occupation of Iraq. His conclusion—that the American efforts at empire building in the Gulf are not that different from those if its great power predecessors—is a welcome antidote to both the political rhetoric surrounding the Iraq issue and to the pervasive assumptions about American exceptionalism which continue to dominate most of our debates about American foreign policy.
— F. Gregory Gause, III, University of Vermont
Marc J. O'Reilly has crafted a welcome addition to the current debate on the nature of U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf while also providing new insights into American Middle east policy since World War II....Unexceptional will be of interest to those concerned with the current debate on U.S. imperial status and those interested in examining the continuity between past U.S. actions in the Persian Gulf and the current Iraq war....O'Reilly's project succeeds....Ultimately, Unexceptional succeeds because the interpretive framework is both relevant to contemporary debates and a provider of new insights into past U.S. actions without being marred by presentism.
— H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online, September 2008
The book has several notable strengths....The research is prodigious, and the scope is ambitious....O'Reilly should be commended for his panoramic and bold analysis of the region. We benefit from detailed, area studies work in the field of world politics....His study should inspire more works of this kind.
— Middle East Journal, January 2009
Marc J. O' Reilly offers a thickly researched assessment of the evolution of the 'Persian Gulf Empire' of the United States since 1941 . . . The book offers a good starting point for a comprehensive assessment of US foreign policy towards the Gulf region.
— International History Review, September 2009
Unexceptional is, in fact, an exceptional book: comprehensive, judicious, readable, and above all, timely. Americans looking for the real story of how the United States blundered into Iraq should begin their inquiry here.
— Andrew J. Bacevich, professor emeritus of international relations and history, Boston University, and president of Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft