Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths


Power Politics and Western Adventurism in the Arab World

A veteran journalist argues that political stagnation, brittle authoritarian regimes, and America’s arrogant use of power in the Arab world have formed a volatile mixture. Why has the Arab world failed to achieve the political freedom, social stability, and economic improvement experienced in much of the rest of the world since the end of the Cold War? In Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths, veteran journalist Mark Huband argues that few of the region’s leaders are capable of initiating the deep political changes necessary to address the challenges confronting them, and that ruling regimes will continue to depend upon repression to stay in power. Such a situation entrenches problems instead of solutions, fostering future crises. In this climate, American adventurism, as expressed in its 2003 invasion of Iraq and its refusal to criticize even the worst excesses of Israeli colonialism, are dangerous sparks in perhaps the world’s most volatile region. With over a decade of experience as an on-the-ground correspondent in the Middle East and North Africa, Huband probes monarchy and military rule, Arab nationalism, and the challenge presented by Islamist radicals. Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths provides an in-depth portrait of a region that is both resistant to change and in dire need of reform.


Basic Books (16 Jun 2004)
ISBN-10: 0813337534
ISBN-13: 978-0813337531

Commentary on Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths:

A panoramic view of the post-9-11 world, where terrorism has come to occupy center stage. Mark Huband’s book makes for fascinating reading. He has used his experience as a journalist covering the Middle East to write a knowledgeable and insightful account of history in the making.
Mohamed Sid-Ahmed, writer and senior columnist at Al-Ahram in Cairo