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By Barrett Tillman

Well known aviation historian, Barrett Tillman, has performed a concise but exhaustive activity of study of the famed Marianas Turkey Shoot, the best air conflict of the Pacific conflict. as a result of intensive interviews a lot of the tale is instructed by way of members. those fascinating money owed are augmented through Tillman's research. this huge structure publication additionally offers either U.S. army and eastern order of conflict right down to squadron point for either service and shore established airplane. One map, forty seven black and white images. Six brush profiles of Hellcats, Avengers, Dauntlesses, Zeros, Judys and Vals (all via John Valo) supply a wealth of visible historical past. ultimate appendices offer losses and U.S. army aerial strive against claims for this ancient engagement of provider plane. forty eight pages, forty seven b/w photographs, six airplane profiles, appendices, 8.5x11 inches, softcover.

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Both orientations relegated the Middle East to secondary importance in Turkish eyes. It was true that in the mid-1950s and 1960s Turkey engaged in a more active policy toward the region, signified by its participation in the Baghdad Pact in 1955 and by its secret “peripheral alliance” with Israel in 1958. But even this short-lived activity reflected Ankara’s interests and concerns in other areas rather than in the Middle East per se. 28 Similarly, Ankara’s fears of being caught in a vise between the Soviet Union in the north and a Soviet client or Communist regime to the south, or between Communism in the north and Pan-Arabism in the south, went a long way to explain its involvement in both pacts.

Indeed, the Iraq–Iran War and the Gulf War diversified the conflicts in the region, so that it was no longer monopolized by the Arab–Israeli conflict. The long war between two Muslim regimes, and the short war between two Arab countries that developed into a bloody conflict among many Arab countries, had the effect of relegating the Arab–Israeli conflict to a secondary place at times, as well as causing certain Arab countries to consider the possibility of coming to terms with Israel. Like many countries in the region, Israel, too, underwent a process of de-mythification as a result of the Gulf War and related developments.

Linked to this was the triumph of state interests over ideologies. The myth that the Islamic Revolution of Iran would sweep over the region evaporated. 26 But the vacuum was soon filled by new myths and concepts. Although totally different from each other, they had one characteristic in common: they emanated from the West or reflected Western conceptualization. Hence, the prospect that they might influence the rhythm of social, economic, and political life was not particularly attractive to most countries of the Middle East.

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