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"David Pryce-Jones has long been an indispensable guide to the realities of the Arab world, and now, with the chilling story he so brilliantly tells in Betrayal, he

broadens the focus to encompass the role played by French perfidy in helping to create the threat to us all of political Islam."

--Norman Podhoretz, editor-at-large of Commentary --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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David Pryce-Jones was born in Vienna in 1936 and studied modern history at Magdalen College, Oxford. His career has included spells teaching creative writing in Iowa and in California, as well as being a special correspondent for the Daily Telegraph covering international assignments such as the Middle East wars of 1967 and 1973. He has written nine novels and twelve books of nonfiction, among which are The Closed Circle and The Strange Death of the Soviet Union. Since 1999, he has been a senior editor of National Review. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (April 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594032203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594032202
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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102 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bunyard on December 15, 2006
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David Pryce-Jones has written a brief, readable and illuminating account of France's Middle East foreign policy, starting with Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798, the French invasion of Algeria in 1830, and continuing to the present day.

France's motive was to emulate and even surpass the British Empire. "The British might have India, but the French would move into, and ultimately colonize, the Arab World." The institution most responsible for the attempt to realize this grandiose scheme was The Foreign Ministry, referred to in France as "Quai d'Orsay." Pryce-Jones gained (through an anonymous source) access to the archives of Quai d'Orsay, and his researches are the basis for his book, "Betrayal".

Early on the French conceived their grand France-Arab empire as "une puissance musulmane" - "A Muslim Power." And this fantasy dovetailed neatly with the anti-Semitism that had long existed in France and reached its height during the Vichy occupation by Germany.

The main part of Pryce-Jones' study shows how these two ideologies, anti-Semitism and pro-Arabism, have made France an unreliable ally of Western values and interests. This was true of the lead-up to WWI, the inter-war period, and modernity since the conclusion of WWII. Many instances of French perfidy in dealings with the Western Powers, and particularly the United States, are related in compelling detail. Anti-Americanism fit well with Anti-Semitism to advance France's standing with the Arabs and these became recurring themes in the machinations of the Quay d'Orsay.

Yet, in one of those fateful ironies of history, France is now beset by a demographic explosion of unassimilated Islamic Arabs within its own borders.
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89 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 10, 2007
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If the behavior of France in the Gulf War (Kuwait) and in the War on Terror have mystified you, this book provides a most helpful history of French diplomacy and international goals since the nineteenth century. France has viewed itself as an Arab / Muslim power (they are not quite identical) since colonial times. Since World War II, France has had to play a spoiler role in certain international dealings in order to claim some relevance for itself. It was Chirac who kept the Clinton sponsored accords between Israel and Arafat from being signed. It was France that Saddam looked towards to keep the United States from invading in the current conflict. And rather than France having increasing influence in the Arab world, it is the Arab-Muslim world that is transforming France both politically and culturally.

Contrary to some notions of this book, it is NOT about proving that France is anti-Semitic. The arguments in the book are more complex than that. To my reading, David Pryce-Jones demonstrates how France's long standing view of the world and its place therein has made a profound contribution to our current troubles and their own confused situation. Anti-Semitism has been a part of the tradition and history of the French Foreign Affairs Ministry - referred to as the Quai d'Orsay because of where its headquarters are, and is reflected increasingly in its policies towards Israel, but this is not the focus of the book.

The book opens with the current state of Arab unrest inside France and the rising number of blatant attacks against Jews because they are Jews. The author then begins to tie it to a centuries old anti-Jewish tradition of with the French diplomatic class.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Blumenau on December 21, 2006
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The thesis of this short and somewhat scrappily written book is that French diplomacy has almost consistently favoured Arabs over Jews. In the Third and Fourth Republic, foreign ministers changed so frequently that foreign policy was largely shaped by the exclusive élite in the Quai d'Orsay, the French Foreign Office. This élite was motivated in part by a deep-rooted antisemitism of the kind that had produced the Dreyfus case, and in part by France's ambitions to be `une puissance musulmane' - that is to say, the premier European nation to exert its influence in Muslim North Africa and the Middle East. (He does not mention the influence of Arabists in the British Foreign Office also.) The Presidents of the Fifth Republic, while mostly acquitted of personal antisemitism, were equally determined to promote French interests in the Middle East by aligning themselves with the Arabs.

In pursuit of this theory, Pryce-Jones has studied the archives of the Quai d'Orsay, and selected from them a mass of documents by French diplomats at home and abroad which express the grossest antisemitism. In 1921 the French representative on the Mandates Commission forwarded to the French foreign minister the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as conveying the fact of a Jewish conspiracy. Another diplomat in his memoirs, published in 1953 (!) even asserted that Léon Blum had been a German agent!

Naturally, therefore, the Quai d'Orsay was hostile to Zionism from the beginning, partly because it encouraged Jews to see themselves as a nation, and partly because the French had believed that the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 had allocated Palestine to a `Syrie intégrale', to be controlled by France; and they felt thwarted when it became a British mandate instead.
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