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Innocent Abroad: An Intimate Account of American Peace Diplomacy in the Middle East Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 6, 2009
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"The ultimate inside account of the machinations of the modern Middle East. Indyk has lived this story now for several decades, and he provides the most vivid cameos and snapshots of the personalities of the region since Henry Kissinger's memoir of his 'shuttle diplomacy' years. Indyk is honest and self-critical about his own mistakes and those of his former bosses. That's the most hopeful aspect of this remarkable memoir -- that we can actually learn from our errors. I devoured this book. As with a good novel, the story grabs hold of you and doesn't let go." -- David Ignatius, columnist for The Washington Post and author of Body of Lies
"Few diplomats have been as closely involved with the attempts to broker a peace treaty in the Middle East as Martin Indyk. His knowledge, experience, and candor make Innocent Abroad a fascinating book." -- Dr. Henry Kissinger, former U.S. secretary of state
"Combines an intimate memoir with a fascinating account of the roller-coaster ride that is the quest for peace between Israel and its neighbors. Vivid, sharply drawn portraits of all the players -- both heartbreaking and hopeful, this book should be in every negotiator's briefcase." -- Richard Holbrooke, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and chief negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords
"Timely and valuable.... Following Indyk's advice would be a good place to start."-- The New York Times Book Review
"Excellent.... Nuanced."-- Newsweek
"Incisive."-- Thomas Friedman, The New York Times (column of 1/7/09)
"Part memoir, part political analysis, elegantly written, and hard to put down."-- The New York Review of Books
"For practitioners of Middle East diplomacy, this book is essential."-- The Washington Times
"A vivid insider's account....Required reading for the next president."-- Kirkus Reviews
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I would strongly caution anyone not to buy this book until they listen to Mr. Indyk's 1/8/09 interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now. There was a man on that program with him who had a different perspective, calling attention for example to international law, to the huge consensus of world opinion that says Israel is wrong, and most relevantly to specific very significant inaccuracies in Mr. Indyk's book. Mr. Indyk failed entirely to rise to the occasion and refute the criticism, instead falling back on the dubious refuge of those whose statements don't withstand scrutiny - he attacked his critic as a "propagandist" without providing evidence or justification. In my book, anyone who resorts to those kind of labels in lieu of factual arguments isn't much worth listening to. He even made a very dismissive statement about international law, calling it something like "paraphernalia".
Listen to the interview online; if he sounds like someone you want to hear more from, or if you're really interested in his inside accounts, buy the book. For my money, I feel sure there are more clear-thinking insiders who've written memoirs we can read and learn from.
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The most dishonest book I ever read in my life.
The standard Zionist position that Martin Indyk takes is that Jews showed up in Palestine in the late 19th century to... Read more
This is a superb book for readers like me who are not that well-informed about the Middle East but want to know and understand more. Read morePublished on March 5, 2009 by Tim Simchek
This book is terrific. For outsiders to the world of diplomacy, Indyk provides a very personal,knowledgeable, and informative account of how the multiple variables of time,... Read morePublished on February 4, 2009 by Michael A. Newman
A real strength of this book is its focus on understanding in a non-ideological way what actually happened and then using the facts to draw some broad conclusions. Read morePublished on January 13, 2009 by Garth Symonds
Anyone who hopes to grasp the complexities of the U.S. presence in Israel and the Middle East, the 2006 war in Lebanon, or the current conflict in Gaza, should read this book. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Andrew David