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Adventures in the Middle East


Excursions and Incursions


Donald N. Wilber



About the Book:

    These memoirs of an intelligence officer who had related careers as archaeologist, architectural historian, and writer on society and politics cover many years of activity in the turbulent Middle East. Beginning with his education at Princeton University, where he was the first student to receive a doctorate in architectural history, Dr. Wilber sets forth on a fascinating journey to the Middle East. He tells of arduous travels and of encounters and friendship with people from all walks of life. There are journeys with Arthur Upham Pope, the legendary Persian scholar, meetings with rulers, including the Shah of Iran and prime ministers, daily associations with dignitaries, scholars, and peasants in Egypt, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Ceylon. There are unusual descriptions of pre-Islamic and Islamic monuments and of ancient and modern cities. But above all, there is the perceptive testimony of a participant in the power struggles of nations between two world wars and of the intense rivalry between the West and the Soviet Union as it came to a head in Iran. Also included are chapters on secret missions, his writings, and life after his retirement from the CIA.

    He is the author of numerous articles and books including Iran Past and Present; Reza Shah Pahlavi; Persian Gardens and Garden Pavilions; Pakistan Yesterday and Today; The Land and People of Ceylon; Contemporary Iran; Persepolis: The Archaeology of Parsa; Architecture of Iran: The Il Khanid Period; and co-author (with Lisa Golombeck) of The Islamic Architecture of Iran and Turan: The Timurid Period.


Publication date: 1986

Size: 6 x 9-1/4 inches.

249 pages

ISBN 978-0-87850-053-6 (hardbound) $17.95  (Out of stock indefinitely)