I have been trying to find a book on this topic forever!
Thank you 🙂
No, he does not mention this directly. He goes through the presidency of Woodrow Wilson rather quickly, and only mentions a few incidents with American missionaries in the region during that time.
In general, I found his coverage of Iran not very satisfying and he gives much more detailed information about the events of Arab states.
What I like about it is how he dedicates each chapter to one president, so you get a good grasp of where each American president stood and what their policies were.
He also retells little stories and anecdotes I’d never heard before.
What is really amazing is how some presidents’ sidekick – a brother here, a friend there – literally shaped so much of American policy in the Middle East as we know it today. And so the names he mentions are a good lead to further readings ….
I guess if you are at home and have time to read “real” books, it’s a waste of time. But it’s great if you have to commute or spend idle time driving around somewhere.