Beyond War

Beyond War

Reimagining America’s Role and Ambitions in a New Middle East

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143125112
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A groundbreaking look at America’s role in the Middle East—from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of A Rope and a Prayer

Distilling eleven years of expert reporting for the New York Times, Reuters, and the Atlantic, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Rohde presents an incisive look at the calamitous privatization of the war on terror. Beyond War is a clarion call for change in American policies and attitudes toward a rapidly changing Middle East. Rohde argues that using lethal force is necessary at times, but economic growth and Muslim moderates —not American soldiers—will eradicate militancy in the long term. Vast mistakes have been made, but it is not too late. By scaling back our ambitions, focusing on economics and working with Muslim moderates, we will achieve more.


“The lesson that Rohde teaches… is important….[Rohde] expose(s) the deep contradiction between Washington’s long experiment in slashing the civilian instruments of American power and its post-9/11 attempt to use those same instruments to remake the greater Middle East.”
- The New York Times

The Daily Beast

“A reminder that there is a limit to what we can accomplish through force.”
Daily News