Best of Enemies Vol. 1

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“This complex and unsavory saga is told concisely and vividly, enhanced by David B.’s marvelously inventive pen-and-inks.” – Library Journal

It was an American who first described the Barbary lands of the Mediterranean basin as “the Middle East” – a region by which America, ever since its own revolutionary foundation, has always measured its power.

Acclaimed historian Jean-Pierre Filiu and award-winning artist David B. here tell the story of the blockades, broadsides, and betrayals of this foreign affair – a wary co-dependency that, from the Epic of Gilgamesh to the Eisenhower era, and from gold to oil, has continued to define our modern world.


Best of Enemies breaks down a complex and morally messy history into a clean and easily absorbed narrative.” – Scripps Howard News Service

“No single volume can hope to explain the tortured relationship of the U.S. and the Middle East, but
Best of Enemies sheds light on this dark ‘friendship’ that might enlighten and, hopefully, inspire change.” – BigThink.com

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Broken Frontier

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“A concise and well written overview of how the US & Middle East started prattling around each other like broken hearted lovers. It is a tale of betrayal, manipulation, open and covert warfare but mostly it seems to be tale of having one’s own interest at heart … Best of Enemies represents a fascinating inside look into the origins of not only the United States of America and the current Middle East but also the internal trappings of international politics. Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B. complement each other perfectly in crafting not only an important historical document but also a reflection on current times. Highly recommended.”

The Guardian

•UK national newspaper

“This timely, beautifully drawn account provides a wonderfully involving history lesson.”

The New York Times

•American daily newspaper

“David B.’s rubbery, decoratively detailed images of historical figures suggest portraits from centuries-old pottery; his versions of Mohammed Mossadegh and Kermit Roosevelt seem to be players in an ancient legend.”