by Kim Ghattas

“[A] sweeping and authoritative history” (The New York Times Book Review), Black Wave is an unprecedented and ambitious examination of how the modern Middle East unraveled and why it started with the pivotal year of 1979.

Kim Ghattas seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a gripping read 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. 

Interview with the Author

Intelligence Squared
The Unraveling of the Modern Middle East, with Kim Ghattas and Brian Klaas
4/7/20       38 min

Back to School with Maz Jobrani
The Forty – Year Rivalry Between Saudi Arabia and Iran with Kim Ghattas
2/25/20       77 min

The Rachman Review
How Saudi Arabia and Iran’s rivalry is unraveling the Middle East
3/11/20      20 min

Keen On
Kim Ghattas on Black Wave and the Unraveling of the Modern Middle East
12/7/20      42 min

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