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The Dust of Empire

The Dust of Empire

The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland
July 2004
Trade Paperback · 288 Pages
$15.00 U.S. · $18.00 CAN · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781586482411

"The page-turning chapter on Afghanistan that follows is sharply focused and analytically outstanding." — New York Times

"As a volume of history about the dangers ahead, in Iraq and elsewhere, The Dust of Empire deserves to be read in the White House… scholarly and expertly told." — Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Meyer's new book is not only readable and well informed but timely to an almost painful degree….This book is a rattling good yarn, and if I say that is has an old-fashioned flavor, I don't mean that as dispraise. There are many insights, and some splendid vignettes." — New York Times Book Review

"This is important history, compelling and relevant to present circumstances. Mr. Meyer has synthesized a great deal of information and argues forcefully and convincingly." — New York Sun

"A powerful introduction to this poorly understood region…Meyer combines scholarly expertise with journalistic detail in a rich account of relaying formative events through extensive research and poignant personal anecdotes…a compelling yet cursory introduction to a fascinating region." — Publishers Weekly

"The Dust of Empire offers a learned and graceful exploration of territory ripe for American domination…. display[s] a keen sense of history and geography… a fascinating story…Meyer's primary goal, however is to offer policy lessons…And most persuasively, Meyer argues that the U.S. empire can't possibly be a force for good unless Americans acquaint themselves with the history, strivings and grievances of Central Asia's inhabitants." — Business Week

"[Meyer's] analysis of the efforts of Russia first to resist the onslaught of central Asian nomads and then to subdue and pacify them is both astute and essential to understanding the complex relationships that have followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The description of the frustrations and humiliations that sowed the seeds of the Islamic revolution in Iran should be essential reading for those who continue to find Iranian hostility to outsiders baffling. A timely analysis of an era likely to be the focus of American concerns for a long time." — Booklist

"Meyer adroitly shows how great power rivalry, and especially Cold War politics, shaped such events as the creation of Pakistan, American-Iranian relations, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan…This book is particularly useful to those attempting to understand contemporary events. Recommended for all libraries." — Library Journal