The Game of Nations: The Amorality of Power Politics is a book by Miles Copeland, published in 1970. It is a memoir of his experiences as a CIA operative and a political consultant in the Middle East, especially Egypt, during the 1950s and 1960s. Copeland reveals the behind-the-scenes intrigues and manipulations that shaped the history of the region, as well as his personal insights into the psychology and motivations of the leaders he dealt with, such as Gamal Abdel Nasser, King Hussein, and the Shah of Iran.
The book is divided into three parts: The First Game, The Second Game, and The Third Game. The First Game covers the period from 1953 to 1956, when Copeland was involved in covert operations to overthrow the governments of Iran and Syria, and to support Nasser's rise to power in Egypt. The Second Game spans from 1956 to 1961, when Copeland was assigned to the State Department's Games Center, where he simulated various scenarios of international conflict and crisis, using his knowledge of the personalities and interests of the key players. The Third Game covers the period from 1961 to 1967, when Copeland returned to the field as a political consultant for Nasser and other Arab leaders, trying to balance their nationalist aspirations with their pragmatic realities.
The book is not a conventional history or a scholarly analysis of the Middle East. It is a personal account of Copeland's adventures and opinions, written in a witty and provocative style. Copeland does not shy away from expressing his views on the morality and effectiveness of his actions, or criticizing the policies and mistakes of his superiors and colleagues. He also offers some insights into the culture and mentality of the people he worked with and for, as well as some anecdotes and anecdotes about his personal life.
The book is an interesting and entertaining read for anyone interested in the history and politics of the Middle East, or in the role and methods of intelligence and diplomacy in shaping world events. It is also a valuable source of information and perspective on some of the most influential and controversial figures of the 20th century.Some of the main themes that Copeland explores in his book are the amorality of power politics, the role of intelligence and covert action in shaping outcomes, the importance of understanding the psychological and cultural factors that influence decision-making, and the challenges and opportunities of dealing with non-aligned and developing countries. He also reflects on the ethical and moral dilemmas that he faced as a practitioner of what he calls \"the game of nations\".
Copeland's book is not without its critics and controversies. Some have questioned the accuracy and veracity of his claims and anecdotes, as well as his motives and biases. Some have accused him of being an apologist for Nasser and a critic of Israel. Some have also challenged his views on the feasibility and desirability of nuclear disarmament and world government. However, regardless of one's agreement or disagreement with Copeland's opinions and arguments, his book remains a fascinating and influential account of a turbulent and pivotal era in the history of the Middle East and the world. aa16f39245