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By Mark Forsyth

ISBN-10: 1848317840

ISBN-13: 9781848317840

Mark Forsyth - writer of the Sunday instances no 1 bestseller The Etymologicon - finds during this essay, specifically commissioned for self sufficient Booksellers Week, the main important factor a couple of excellent book shop. alongside the way in which he considers the knowledge of Donald Rumsfeld, naughty French pictures, why Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy could by no means have met on-line, and why just a book shop can provide you that priceless factor - what you by no means knew you have been trying to find.

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These efforts proved successful, and in 1978 President Carter mediated a peace settlement between Egypt and Israel that provided for the return of the Sinai to Egypt and massive US economic and military assistance to Egypt. The loss of Egypt, the most populous and militarily most powerful Arab state, was a serious blow to the Soviets in a region of great strategic significance. At the time, however, this shift in the balance of power was masked by the oil crisis. The 1973 war led to an oil crisis in the West when the Arab members of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) cut back production and embargoed shipments to the United States and the Netherlands in retaliation for their support of Israel.

In addition, Chinese hostility to the West and Chinese support for wars of national liberation precluded a Sino-American alliance against the Soviets. Indeed, to many US policy makers, China seemed a more dangerous foe than the Soviet Union. Finally, the Korean War fueled the arms race between the United States and 29 the Soviet Union. In the United States, military spending tripled during the war and remained at historically high levels throughout the 1950s. Only a small part of this increase was directly related to the war in Korea.

Indeed, to many US policy makers, China seemed a more dangerous foe than the Soviet Union. Finally, the Korean War fueled the arms race between the United States and 29 the Soviet Union. In the United States, military spending tripled during the war and remained at historically high levels throughout the 1950s. Only a small part of this increase was directly related to the war in Korea. Most went to counter Soviet forces in Europe. US leaders believed that a rough balance of power in Europe, coupled with overall US strategic superiority would extend deterrence and preserve US freedom of action all over the world.

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