"Blood and Oil - The Middle East in World War I" examines the devastating conflict and Western political intrigue that laid the foundation for wars, coups, revolts and military interventions in the Middle East . After the end of World War I, most of the Ottoman Empire was carved up into "spheres of influence," controlled mostly by the British and French. The remaining territories became the modern state of Turkey in 1923 - after a five-year struggle by Turkish nationalists against Western domination. Written and produced by Marty Callaghan ("Archives of War," "Remember Pearl Harbor: America Taken by Surprise"), this feature-length documentary film follows conflict from the Ottoman Empire's entry into the Great War in October 1914 to the Allied victory and declaration of the new Turkish Republic in 1923, and the hostilities that have plagued the region since. The 112-minute DVD also features extended expert commentary. Libraries can order this DVD from TCA free of charge. To order, acquisitions departments may send an e-mail to email@example.com.
About Marty Callaghan:
Marty Callaghan is a veteran journalist who has been writing and producing documentaries since 1996. He has won three filmmaking awards, and his Archives of War series has sold more than 10,000 copies in the consumer market since 1999.
As a staff editor for the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis , MD. , Marty played a key role in publishing Tom Clancy’s first novel, The Hunt for Red October. He read the first chapter of the book in the author’s home and got the manuscript to the Naval Institute Press, which published the book in 1984.
Since his childhood in Chicago , Marty has studied naval and military history. While serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve, he received the Naval Achievement Medal for outstanding work in journalism. His master’s thesis in history investigated the loss of the USS Thresher in April 1963 – the Navy’s worst submarine disaster.
Besides contributing to dozens of programs in the consumer market as a writer and/or producer, Marty produced a double-DVD release in 2001 -- Remember Pearl Harbor: America Taken by Surprise.
For the past few years, Marty has focused on documentaries related to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East , including Armenian Revolt and Blood and Oil. He has filmed interviews and location footage across Turkey, Europe, and the United States