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Polk, William R. (William Roe) 1929-

Overview
Works: 70 works in 372 publications in 8 languages and 17,988 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Guidebooks 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Adapter, Other
Classifications: DS70.9, 956.7
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Most widely held works about William R Polk
 
Most widely held works by William R Polk
Understanding Iraq : the whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American occupation by William R Polk( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 2,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iraq will continue to be a major issue and involvement for the United States into the foreseeable future ... Iraq sits on the world's largest supply of oil, and with the world's energy requirements continuously rising, Iraq will play an ongoing role in the global economy and the political environment throughout the Gulf region and the Middle East. [In this book, the author's] overview of Iraq's history shows how the pattern of outside intervention was established first by the Ottoman Turks and the Persian Safavids and later by England, Russia, and Germany. After World War I came British rule, followed by a brief and uneasy period of independence that sparked Iraqi nationalism, leading Saddam Husain to power with American military and financial aid and covert CIA involvement. The Iraq-Iran War and the invasion of Kuwait was followed by the Gulf War, the sanctions period, and the Bush administration's decision to invade. Finally, there is the American occupation and the challenges, opportunities, and options that Iraqis and Americans face now and in the future.-Dust jacket
The United States and the Arab world by William R Polk( Book )

47 editions published between 1965 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies on the civilization of Islam by H. A. R Gibb( Book )

35 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in English and held by 1,077 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen articles dealing with a wide range of topics from Sufism and the Koran to law and literature of the Islamic society
The birth of America : from before Columbus to the Revolution by William R Polk( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,004 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative account of colonial America, William R. Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period. With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brought across the Atlantic. With insightful analysis, he also discusses the dual truths of colonial societies' "growing up" and "growing apart." As John Adams would point out to Thomas Jefferson, the long years that witnessed the formation of our national character and the growth of our spirit of independence were indeed the real revolution. That story forms the basis of The Birth of America. In addition to its discussion of the influence the British had on the colonies, The Birth of America covers the pivotal roles played by the Spanish, French, and Dutch in early America. From the fearful crossing of the stormy Atlantic to the growth of the early settlements, to the French and Indian War and the unrest of the 1760s, William Polk brilliantly traces the progress of the colonies to the point where it was no longer possible to recapture the past and the break with England was inevitable. America had been born."--Publisher's website
Violent politics : a history of insurgency, terrorism & guerrilla war, from the American Revolution to Iraq by William R Polk( Book )

24 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 960 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the role of insurgent tactics in world conflicts throughout the past two-and-a-half centuries places current issues in a context of world history while covering events that marked such examples as the war in Iraq
Out of Iraq : a practical plan for withdrawal now by George S McGovern( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The authors present a detailed blueprint for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq that is bound to stir a national debate. Former senator George McGovern and William R. Polk, a leading authority on the Middle East, offer a detailed plan for a speedy troop withdrawal from Iraq. During the phased withdrawal, to begin on December 31, 2006, and to be completed by June 30, 2007, they recommend that the Iraq government engage the temporary services of an international stabilization force to police the country. Other elements in the withdrawal plan include an independent accounting of American expenditures of Iraqi funds, reparations to Iraqi civilians for lives lost and property destroyed, immediate release of all prisoners of war, the closing of American detention centers, and offering to void all contracts for petroleum exploration, development, and marketing made during the American occupation."--Source other than the Library of Congress
Understanding Iran : everything you need to know, from Persia to the Islamic Republic, from Cyrus to Ahmadinejad by William R Polk( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Iran predicts its eventual cultural and military dominance in the Middle East while illuminating factors commonly misunderstood by the West, including the oppression of its citizens and their negative regard of western policy
The Arab world by William R Polk( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and Polish and held by 754 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polk's folly : an American family history by William R Polk( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the Polk family history from its beginnings in Ireland with Robert Pollok and his flight to the New World in 1680. Among the accomplished family members are drafters of an early Declaration of Independence, wounded soldiers of the American Revolutionary War, women taken hostage by Indians, land speculators, slaveholding aristocrats and populist crusaders, one of our greatest presidents, Civil War generals and foot soldiers from North and South, a grandfather who shot the sheriff of Laredo and became a cattle baron, the founders of the Wall Street firm Davis Polk, Patton's lead tank commander, Martin Luther King's lawyer, and the author's amazing brother, a World War II Navy pilot and journalist who was the first casualty of the Cold War
Beginnings of modernization in the Middle East; the nineteenth century by William R Polk( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Neighbors & strangers : the fundamentals of foreign affairs by William R Polk( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on decades of experience in government and in the academy, William R. Polk offers a uniquely informed view of foreign relations as they occur in the real world. Rather than focusing narrowly on diplomacy, Polk's broad study of intelligence and espionage, defense and warfare, trade and aid, and intervention and law reveals how the tools of diplomacy evolved - and how they interact to form a pattern with which we must deal if we are to move safely into the twenty-first century. But Neighbors and Strangers is not merely a guide to the future; instead, Polk draws upon studies of animal and primitive social behavior and the historical record to illuminate for the general reader the underlying principles and consistencies that characterize relations with foreigners
The Arab world today by William R Polk( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and German and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Scholars and the concerned public have long relied on William Polk for comprehensive and insightful analysis of the culture and politics of the Arab world. The Arab World Today, a thoroughly revised and expanded version of earlier editions, including The Arab World of the American Foreign Policy Library, covers recent developments such as the growth of population, differing rates of industrialization, Egyptian-Israeli peace efforts, the Lebanese maelstrom, terrorism, the impact of Islamic fundamentalism, and the enormous influence of the ever-changing oil market on economic and political life. In addition, the book examines the rarely analyzed but significant cultural, social, and geopolitical developments that are crucial determinants of recent happenings, and includes the best available statistics and information, from which Polk reevaluates and recasts outmoded perceptions
The elusive peace : the Middle East in the twentieth century by William R Polk( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Elusive Peace, first published in 1979, highlights the crucial developments in the Middle East during the twentieth century: the coming of nationalism, the struggle for independence, the effects of the Cold War and the four 'hot wars' in the Middle East. The numerous attempts to solve the conflicts, and the ultimate failure of such attempts, are discussed with particular reference to the war in Lebanon, and its relation to larger conflicts. As an American emissary during the Kennedy, Johnston and Nixon years, William Polk is unique in his ability to assess the key personalities and provide thorough analysis, considering Sadat and Begin, and the American policies of Dulles and Kissinger. This is a fascinating and inclusive study which provides essential background to the on-going turmoil in the Middle East
The opening of south Lebanon, 1788-1840; a study of the impact of the West on the Middle East by William R Polk( Book )

21 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in English and German and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Passing brave by William R Polk( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1995 in English and Arabic and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two Americans cross the great Arabian desert on camel-back - a daring journey in search of the last Bedouin tribes
Backdrop to tragedy; the struggle for Palestine by William R Polk( Book )

7 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The golden ode by Labīd ibn Rabīʻah( Book )

8 editions published between 1974 and 1977 in English and held by 292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Klassisk førislamisk digt af Labid Ibn Rabiah (560-660), oversat til engelsk
Developmental revolution: North Africa, Middle East, South Asia by William R Polk( Book )

10 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What the Arabs think by William R Polk( Book )

6 editions published in 1952 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Butler, W. Jack: American business and the Arab world
Understanding Iraq : a whistlestop tour from ancient Babylon to occupied Baghdad by William R Polk( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Iraq will continue to be a major issue and involvement for the United States into the foreseeable future says William R. Polk. Iraq sits on the world's largest supply of oil, and with the world's energy requirements continuously rising, Iraq will play an ongoing role in the global economy and the political environment throughout the Gulf region and the Middle East." "Polk's concise, authoritative overview of Iraq's history shows how the pattern of outside intervention was established first by the Ottoman Turks and the Persian Safavids and later by England, Russia, and Germany. After World War I came British rule, followed by a brief and uneasy period of independence that sparked Iraqi nationalism, leading Saddam Husain to power with American military and financial aid and covert CIA involvement. The Iraq-Iran War and the invasion of Kuwait was followed by the Gulf War, the sanctions period, and the Bush administration's decision to invade. Finally, there is the American occupation and the challenges, opportunities, and options that Iraqis and Americans face now and in the future."--Jacket
 
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Understanding Iraq : the whole sweep of Iraqi history, from Genghis Khan's Mongols to the Ottoman Turks to the British mandate to the American occupation
Alternative Names
Būlk, Wīlīm R. 1929-

Polk, William.

Polk William R.

Polk, William R. 1929-

Polk, William Roe 1929-

Roe Polk, William 1929-

William R. Polk Amerikaans auteur

William R. Polk US-amerikanischer Historiker und politischer Berater

William Roe Polk

بولك، وليام

بولك، وليام، 1929-

بولك، ويليم ر.، 1929-

وليم بولك، 1929-

Languages
English (292)

German (6)

Turkish (3)

Arabic (3)

Spanish (2)

Dutch (2)

Polish (1)

Russian (1)

Covers
Studies on the civilization of IslamThe birth of America : from before Columbus to the RevolutionViolent politics : a history of insurgency, terrorism & guerrilla war, from the American Revolution to IraqOut of Iraq : a practical plan for withdrawal nowUnderstanding Iran : everything you need to know, from Persia to the Islamic Republic, from Cyrus to AhmadinejadPolk's folly : an American family historyNeighbors & strangers : the fundamentals of foreign affairsThe Arab world todayUnderstanding Iraq : a whistlestop tour from ancient Babylon to occupied Baghdad