Destroying Yemen: What Chaos in Arabia Tells Us about the World

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by Isa Blumi

University of California Press

1/9/2018, paperback

SKU: 9780520296145


Since March 2015, a Saudi-led international coalition of forces--supported by Britain and the United States--has waged devastating war in Yemen. Largely ignored by the world's media, the resulting humanitarian disaster and full-scale famine threatens millions. Destroying Yemen offers the first in-depth historical account of the transnational origins of this war, placing it in the illuminating context of Yemen's relationship with major powers since the Cold War. Bringing new sources and a deep understanding to bear on Yemen's profound, unwitting imbrication in international affairs, this explosive book ultimately tells an even larger shock-doctrine story of today's political economy of global capitalism, development, and the war on terror as disparate actors intersect in Arabia.


"America's decision to plunge into war in Yemen has proven disastrous, but the background of this crisis remains obscure to most outsiders. Destroying Yemen is a meticulous and fascinating account of how Yemen was pushed into crisis--and why the United States intervened on the side of the aggressor."--Stephen Kinzer, author of The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

"Isa Blumi has written the best book that we have on Yemen. It oscillates between Yemen's history and its present, offering a well-written narrative of the devastation wrought against the Yemeni people. Between its graves and the sad eyes of its children, Yemen holds on. Blumi's book turns our eyes to the people and helps us grasp their story."--Vijay Prashad, author of The Death of the Nation and the Future of the Arab Revolution

About the Author:

Isa Blumi is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern, and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University. He is the author of Ottoman Refugees, 1878-1939, Foundations of Modernity, and Reinstating the Ottomans.