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Hiro, Dilip

Works: 82 works in 616 publications in 4 languages and 20,507 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Encyclopedias  Military history 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Dilip Hiro
The longest war : the Iran-Iraq military conflict by Dilip Hiro( Book )

26 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When President Saddam Hussein of Iraq attacked Iran in September 1980 he expected victory within three weeks. Eight years and more than a million casualties later, the conflict ended, with the same regimes in power. The fortunes of war brought great changes, with the involvement not just of the Arab states of the Gulf, but also the nations and superpowers of both the East and West. Having emerged unscathed from the conflict, Hussein combined his threats against Israel with an invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. In describing the causes and courses of the war and its effect on the two antagonists--as well as the rest of the world--Dilip Hiro lays bare the intricate twists and turns of international diplomacy, and reveals the realpolitik behind the rhetoric
War without end : the rise of Islamist terrorism and global response by Dilip Hiro( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 1,329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After providing a brief history of Islam as a religion and as socio-political ideology, Dilip Hiro outlines the Islamist movements that have thrived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan and their changing relationship with America
Neighbors, not friends : Iraq and Iran after the Gulf wars by Dilip Hiro( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is an essential overview to the conflicts in the Gulf, and should be read by anyone with an interest in the region, its politics and its interactions with the US and UN
Holy wars : the rise of Islamic fundamentalism by Dilip Hiro( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,049 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To some, Islamic Fundamentalism means the restoration of a true religion. To others, it is a politics that stands apart from capitalism and socialism. To many Westerners, it has come to constitute a threat to established order and international security. Holy Wars, first published in 1989, comprises a non-partisan narrative that takes account of both the socio-cultural values expressed in Fundamentalism, and its political consequences. Dilip Hiro's starting point is that fundamentalist forces have been active within Islam since the death of the Prophet Muhammad. He presents the two major sects, Sunnis and Shias, in this light. Hiro provides the background for an understanding of what was taking place in Middle Eastern countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt and Syria at the end of the 1980s. This is a comprehensive and readable work, of great relevance and value to those with an interest in Middle Eastern politics and history, and the growth of Islamic Fundamentalism --
Iraq : in the eye of the storm by Dilip Hiro( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this short primer journalist and historian Dilip Hiro looks beyond the spin of both the Bush administration and Saddam's Ba-athist regime to explore Iraq in all its complexity. Combining case histories and searching political analysis, Hiro explores everyday life in Iraq now, describing the lives of the Iraqi "street" and the effect sanctions have had on their lives. From there he paints a broader picture of Iraq that is both nuanced and vivid, emphasizing the dual importance of the Gulf War of 1991, and the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, and the role of the U.S., first friend and then foe, to the Ba-athist regime. He examines the brutal role of Saddam and the Ba-aath Party, his personality cult and its lethal security apparatus, as well as attempts of the internal and external Saddam opposition to overthrow Saddam. Hiro also weighs the achievements and failures of the sanctions regime, especially how the U.S. has used U.N. sanctions as a way to advance its own unilateral policy toward Iraq. Hiro concludes by warning of the potentially catastrophic outcome to Bush's plans to attack Iraq and violently overthrow Saddam--to regional stability, the world economy, and the lives of many innocent Iraqis
Iran under the ayatollahs by Dilip Hiro( Book )

32 editions published between 1984 and 2013 in English and Persian and held by 1,000 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines the Islamic heritage of the country, and the rise and fall of the Pahlavi dynasty. Describes the phases of the Islamic revolution and ends with the second parliamentary election in April-May 1984
Dictionary of the Middle East by Dilip Hiro( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author has written several books on India and the Middle East and brings a global, rather than American perspective to the subject. He focuses on the "core" countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, the U.A.E., and the Palestinian territories. The scope of the work includes political and military history, religion, country profiles, ethnic groups and government and politics, language and literature, issues related to oil and gas production and markets, ideologies, places, and twentieth century biographies and treaty information. There is an index to supplement the dictionary arrangement. The ten maps, eight sharing only two pages are sufficient, but the strengths of the book greatly outweigh this shortcoming. Highly recommended for high school collections
Desert Shield to Desert Storm : the second Gulf war by Dilip Hiro( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the first two weeks of the air campaign in January 1991, the allied forces dropped more conventional explosives on Iraq and Kuwait than during the 310 weeks of the Second World War. How did Saddam Hussein fail to draw the right lesson from the Iran-Iraq War--the United States would never allow an unfriendly nation to dominate the region containing two-thirds of the world's oil reserves? And how was President George Bush able to assemble and hold together such a formidable coalition of 28 European and Arab countries?
Black British, white British by Dilip Hiro( Book )

29 editions published between 1971 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 846 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside India today by Dilip Hiro( Book )

38 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside the Middle East by Dilip Hiro( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The longest August : the unflinching rivalry between India and Pakistan by Dilip Hiro( Book )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes--primarily in caravans of bullock-carts--to seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if that August never ended. Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro provides a riveting account of the relationship between India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark events that led to the division of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious relationship between Hindus and Muslims. To this day, a reasonable resolution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the Line of Control in Kashmir remains the most heavily fortified frontier in the world, with 400,000 soldiers arrayed on either side. Since partition, there have been several acute crises between the neighbors, including the secession of East Pakistan to form an independent Bangladesh in 1971, and the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both sides resulting in a scarcely avoided confrontation in 1999 and again in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical importance of the India-Pakistan conflict by chronicling their respective ties not only with America and the Soviet Union, but also with China, Israel, and Afghanistan. Hiro weaves these threads into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colorful biographies of leaders, vivid descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights--and cultural signifiers like cricket matches. "The Longest August" is incomparable in its scope and presents the first definitive history of one of the world's longest-running and most intractable conflicts."--Jacket
After empire : the birth of a multipolar world by Dilip Hiro( )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States' victory in the Cold War in 1991 led to triumphalist claims that humanity had reached "the end of history," and that Washington would enjoy everlasting supremacy. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called America "the indispensable nation." By invading Iraq, George W. Bush undermined U.S. credibility worldwide. By curtailing Americans' civil liberties while waging an endless "war on terror," and resorting to torture in prisons of occupied Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay, his administration, as well as America, lost its claim to a moral high ground. Moreover, the 2008-2009 global fiscal meltdown, triggered by sub-prime mortgage crisis on Wall Street, exposed that heavily indebted America had ceased to be the financial behemoth it had been since World War II. After Empire sketches complex world system emerging during late imperial phase of U.S. It examines events that prepared the ground for world to move from the tutelage of the sole superpower, America, to a multipolar, post-imperial global order. Author Dilip Hiro does so from a distinctly non-Western perspective. Dilip Hiro does not offer a comforting thesis that the U.S. is quite capable of accommodating the rising world powers like China, Russia, India, and the European Union while retaining its dominant position. Neither does he frame global politics in a Manichean way - America versus China; the West against Asia. The world, he suggests, is set to revisit the pre-World War I Europe, where rulers frequently changed allies and adversaries to achieve shared aim of keeping the continent free of an overarching power. China's state-owned corporations are buying up companies worldwide. Russia, the number one producer of natural gas, is now world's foremost producer of hydrocarbons. Its nuclear arsenal is on par with America's. Venezuela and Iran are challenging Washington-dominated status quo respectively in South America and Middle East. The European Union has surpassed America as globe's largest trading entity, and euro has emerged as a strong rival to U.S. dollar as a dominant reserve currency
Inside Central Asia : a political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran by Dilip Hiro( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: From a critically acclaimed author-a comprehensive history of the part of the world currently making headlines. The former Soviet republics of Central Asia comprise a sprawling, politically pivotal, densely populated, and richly cultured area of the world that is nonetheless poorly represented in libraries and mainstream media. Since their political incorporation in Stalin's Soviet era, these countries have gone through a flash of political and economical evolution. But despite these rapid changes, the growth of oil wealth and U.S. jockeying, and the opening of the region to tourists and businessmen, the spirit of Central Asia has remained untouched at its core. In this comprehensive new treatment, renowned political writer and historian Dilip Hiro offers us a narrative that places the modern politics, peoples, and cultural background of this region firmly into the context of current international focus. Given the strategic location of Central Asia, its predominantly Muslim population, and its hydrocarbon and other valuable resources, it comes as no surprise that the five Central Asian republics are emerging in the twenty-first century as one of the most potentially influential-and coveted-patches of the globe
Sharing the Promised Land : a tale of Israelis and Palestinians by Dilip Hiro( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blood of the earth : the battle for the world's vanishing oil resources by Dilip Hiro( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of oil--and the way it revolutionized civilian life, war, and world politics—that sets the stage for the coming oil wars of the 21st Century. When the Great Powers switched from coal to oil to run their navies just before World War I, it heralded a change in global politics comparable to the introduction of gunpowder in 1040. Oil became the chief strategic weapon of war. The victors' conclusion that oil--the "blood of the earth"--proved to be the "blood of victory" in that war has applied to all major conflagrations since. With petroleum becoming an indispensable part of modern life--from fertilizers and gasoline to plastics, polyethylene, and pharmaceuticals--it has emerged as the prized commodity for which wars are fought. [from publisher description]
Apocalyptic realm : jihadists in South Asia by Dilip Hiro( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This hard-hitting and timely book explores the roots of militant Islam in South Asia and how it has grown to become a source of profound global alarm. By meticulously tracking the rise of the jihadist movement from its initial violence in Afghanistan in 1980 to the present day, Dilip Hiro challenges conventional narratives of the roles of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Soviet Union, the United States, and India. He warns that the Line of Control in Kashmir, where jihadists seek to incite war between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, is today the most dangerous border in the world. Drawing on evidence from a wide variety of sources including newly released Kremlin archives and classified U.S. Embassy documents published by WikiLeaks, the author compiles the first complete and accurate history of Islamist terrorism in South Asia. He chronicles historic links between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India and their varying degrees of destabilization at the hands of the jihadists. He also sheds unprecedented light on the close military and intelligence links that have developed between India and Israel. Finally, he outlines the ambitions of Pakistani, Afghan, and Al Qaeda jihadists to establish an "apocalyptic realm" covering South, Central, and Western Asia. -- Jacket
The essential Middle East : a comprehensive guide by Dilip Hiro( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Completely revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the massive change in the Middle East since the first edition was published in 1996, The Essential Middle East is a must-have reference for anyone interested in understanding more about the Middle East. In these pages expert author Dilip Hiro offers a broad range of alphabetically arranged information about everything from politics and religion to literature and tourist destinations. Authoritative and devoid of bias, The Essential Middle East is also easy to read and easy to use."--Jacket
Between Marx and Muhammad : the changing face of Central Asia by Dilip Hiro( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Omfatter landene: Tyrkiet, Aserbajdsjan, Kasakhstan, Kirgisistan, Turkmenistan, Usbekistan, Tadsjikistan, Afghanistan, Iran
The Middle East by Dilip Hiro( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the most up-to-date book your students can find on the past, present, and future of the countries of the Middle East. A statistical profile at the start of each country's chapter gives students detailed, current information in an easy-to-use at-a-glance format. Author, playwright, and journalist, Dilip Hiro applies his expertise and unique insights to explaining the struggles, conflicts, and alliances of this troubled area. From the days of Great Britain's dominance after World War I to the Gulf War and the emergence of the Palestinian National Authority in the 1990s, Hiro successfully weaves the varied threads of history, politics, and economics into a narrative that never lacks for high-interest drama
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The longest war : the Iran-Iraq military conflict
War without end : the rise of Islamist terrorism and global responseNeighbors, not friends : Iraq and Iran after the Gulf warsIraq : in the eye of the stormIran under the ayatollahsDictionary of the Middle EastDesert Shield to Desert Storm : the second Gulf warAfter empire : the birth of a multipolar worldInside Central Asia : a political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Iran
Alternative Names
Dilip Hiro

Dilip Hiro escritor indio

Dilip Hiro Indian writer

دليب هيرو

ヒロ, ディリップ