Black Wave by Kim Ghattas audiobook

Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East

By Kim Ghattas
Read by Kim Ghattas  and Nan McNamara

Highbridge Audio 9781250131201
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Kim Ghattas delivers a gripping account of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy. With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS. Ghattas also introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country's dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

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A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

Kim Ghattas delivers a gripping account of the largely unexplored story of the rivalry between between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian revolution and fueled by American policy.

With vivid story-telling, extensive historical research and on-the-ground reporting, Ghattas dispels accepted truths about a region she calls home. She explores how Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. She shows how they used and distorted religion in a competition that went well beyond geopolitics. Feeding intolerance, suppressing cultural expression, and encouraging sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, the war for cultural supremacy led to Iran's fatwa against author Salman Rushdie, the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS.

Ghattas also introduces us to a riveting cast of characters whose lives were upended by the geopolitical drama over four decades: from the Pakistani television anchor who defied her country's dictator, to the Egyptian novelist thrown in jail for indecent writings all the way to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] sweeping and authoritative history.” New York Times Book Review
“A wealth of human interest wrapped in ambiance and atmosphere…A superbly researched and subtly told story—current history at its best.” Wall Street Journal
“A timely and welcome guide to the politics of a region…Well-researched and elegantly written.” Financial Times (London)

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Author Bio: Kim Ghattas

Author Bio: Kim Ghattas

Kim Ghattas, BBC’s State Department radio and TV correspondent since 2008, regularly travels with the secretary of state. She was part of an Emmy Award–winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006. Her work has been published in Time magazine, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. She also appears regularly on NPR. She currently lives in Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 16.55
Audience: Adult
Language: English