2009

2009 Award Winner

A Choice of Enemies
America Confronts the Middle East

By Sir Lawrence Freedman 
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Lawrence Freedman/Duke of Westminster's Medal

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In this superb, well written, book Professor Freedman traces the iinvolvement of the United States in the politics of the Middle East from the time of Jimmy Carter onwards. It is a story of revolution, violence and war, with American policy yielding few gains and many setbacks. The author combines detail with clarity and narrative with elucidation and takes the reader through complex situations without ever losing the main threads. Characterised by deep understanding of the subject matter and sound judgement, this authoritative work is required reading for policy practitioners among others.

Chair of the Judges, Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature

Shortlist

 

Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West 
Andrew Roberts

A Choice of Enemies 
Lawrence Freedman

Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World 
Niall Ferguson

Marlborough: England’s Fragile Genius 
Richard Holmes

Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade 
Bill Emmott

War since 1990 
Jeremy Black



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