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O'Connell, a former CIA agent and attorney for Jordan's King Hussein, recounts four decades of Middle East history in this provocative memoir. The author, CIA station chief in Amman from 1963 to 1971, was delegated to "keep King Hussein in power" and served as the young king's main point of contact and channel to the U.S. Following his retirement from the CIA, O'Connell became Hussein's U.S. attorney and Jordan's American lobbyist until the king's death in 1999. Drawing on his unique access, the author argues that while the Arabs wanted an end to hostilities and Hussein relentlessly pursued secret negotiations with the Israelis, neither Israel nor the U.S. wanted or actively pursued peace. O'Connell characterizes U.S. diplomacy in the region as hypocritical and charges that Kissinger fomented the 1973 Yom Kippur war. He also contends that the U.S. was doing Israel's "dirty work" in opposing Saddam Hussein in 1990 and could have negotiated an Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait without resorting to war. O'Connell's eyewitness account of a tragic era in a tumultuous region is long on drama, revealing vignettes, and controversy, but short on balance. More than memoir, this is a passionate brief for King Hussein and the Arab pursuit of peace. (May)
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Jack O'Connell (1921-2010) served as CIA station chief in Amman, Jordan, from 1963 to 1971 and was King Hussein's most trusted American adviser. He then became the king's attorney and diplomatic counselor in Washington for three decades.
No wonder there was some bias toward Jordan and king Hussein. He was there agent.Published 7 months ago by Chaoul Chakkalo
A deeply personal and highly political book by a senior CIA officer about the elusive quest for lasting peace in the Middle East, including truly damning revelations of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Thomas C. Goltz
The book is a good document, since I witnessed all the events during 1967 war, I find it sad the most of crucial decision were made without considering the consequence,Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
A friend recently gave me a copy of "King's Counsel" by Jack O'Connell and I found it an exciting, educational read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John A. Predmore
This book offers a very good perspective on the Middle East and King Hussein. This is, in my view, just as good as an autobiography because even though it's written from an... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christien Hughes
I am from Jordan and although I was born end of 1969. A lot of the incidents reported in this book were part of the (around the lunch table stories my father shared with us). Read morePublished 20 months ago by abed asfour
Jack O'Connell served as CIA station chief in Jordan from 1963 to 1971, becoming the closest foreign advisor of that country's leader, King Hussein, and remaining his friend and... Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Paul P. Belle Isle