Our Last Best Chance A Story of War and Peace

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-27
  • Publisher: Penguin Books
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A call for peace by the most dynamic leader of the Arab world. At a time of unprecedented upheaval in the Middle East, King Abdullah II of Jordan is almost unique in enjoying widespread popular support. He is the ultimate modern-day monarch, as comfortable at a business conference as he is at a meeting of the Arab League. In this prescient memoir-cum-manifesto, he makes an urgent plea to push for a solution to the Arab-Israeli crisis. He writes with disarming frankness about his own upbringing and warns of the brewing resentment in the region. A call to arms by the most dynamic young ruler in the Arab world, Our Last Best Chancehelps explain the volatile underpinnings of the new Arab awakening.

Author Biography

King Abdullah II spent his formative years in the United States, where he went to Eaglebrook and Deerfield, and in England, where he trained to be an officer at Sandhurst. A cavalry officer in the Jordanian army, he eventually became commander of the Jordanian Special Forces, a position that allowed him to forge invaluable relationships with intelligence and military offices around the world. The head of the Hashemite family, he is a forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. His family ruled the holy city of Mecca for more than eight hundred years and his great-grandfather led the Arab revolt for independence from Ottoman rule.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
The Conflict Beginsp. 3
The 1967 Warp. 14
Dark Clouds over Ammanp. 22
Arriving in Americap. 31
Sandhurstp. 43
Qatraneh Nightsp. 50
A Secret Missionp. 56
"You Guys Don't Stand a Chance"p. 64
A Royal Weddingp. 77
Lessons in Diplomacyp. 86
Very Special Operationsp. 100
In the Footsteps of a Legendp. 111
Becoming Kingp. 130
Friends and Neighborsp. 142
Transforming Jordanp. 155
Desert Deerfieldp. 177
Jerusalem at the Heart of Conflictp. 187
Seeking Peace, Getting Warp. 196
War in the Desertp. 215
"We Will Be Greeted as Liberators"p. 225
My Islamp. 239
Jordan's 9/11p. 250
The Amman Messagep. 257
The End of an Erap. 267
The Mask Slipsp. 280
A New Voice from Americap. 291
Fortress Israel or a Fifty-Seven-State Solution?p. 307
Acknowledgmentsp. 329
Indexp. 333
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