Our Last Best Chance

Our Last Best Chance

The Pursuit of Peace in A Time of Peril

Book - 2010
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A newsbreaking memoir that tackles head-on the toughest challenge in the world today.

When a dying King Hussein shocked the world by picking his son rather than his brother, the longtime crown prince, to be the next king of Jordan, no one was more surprised than the young head of Special Operations, who discovered his life was in for a major upheaval.

This is the inspirational story of a young prince who went to boarding school in America and military academy in Britain and grew up believing he would be a soldier. Back home, he hunted down terrorists and modernized Jordan's Special Forces. Then, suddenly, he found himself king. Together with his wife, Queen Rania, he transformed what it meant to be a monarch, going undercover to escape the bubble of the court while she became the Muslim world's most passionate advocate of women's rights.

In this exceptionally candid memoir, King Abdullah tackles the single toughest issue he faces head-on- how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff- and reveals himself to be an invaluable intermediary between America and the Arab world. He writes about the impact of the Iraq war on his neighborhood and how best to tackle Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Why would a sitting head of state choose to write about the most explosive issues he faces? King Abdullah does so now because he believes we face a moment of truth: a last chance for peace in the Middle East. The prize is enormous, the cost of failure far greater than we dare imagine.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2010
ISBN: 9780670021710
0670021717
Branch Call Number: 956.9804 ABD NVD
Characteristics: 320

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rpavlacic
Aug 17, 2015

This book is worth the read. Like King Hussein (who made the name honourable before that other Hussein showed up on the scene), Abdullah is a voice of reason in the Middle East. He was right when he wrote this book and with events since its publication, it appears that indeed time is running out before a path that is irreversible is taken.

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de_grammont
Aug 26, 2013

A bit more autobiographical that I would have expected it to be, but a good book nonetheless.

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Eleusis
Sep 26, 2011

A rare opportunity to know the thoughts of a moderate leader of the Middle East.

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Koldawne
Jul 23, 2011

I found this a really interesting read which broadened my understanding of the main underlying issue contributing to the conflicts in the area around the Middle East.

Quite interesting to see the conflicts and attitudes that prevailed in the area before the recent outbreaks of public demonstrations which overthrew the government in Egypt as well as the demonstrations in Lybia & Syria etc...

debwalker Feb 27, 2011

"In laying out his goal for peace and a non-radical Islam, Jordan's King Abdullah II is a voice of reason and moderation."
Michael Bell
Globe & Mail
Feb 26, 2011

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