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Last Chance: The Middle East in the Balance Hardcover – July 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1848850415 ISBN-10: 1848850417 Edition: 0th

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Editorial Reviews


"David Gardner’s book is the most lively, well-informed and controversial overview of the Middle East to appear for several years. It will instruct, entertain, but also infuriate many readers, because his rapier thrusts invariably strike home. To understand this turbulent region, this is a must read. David Gardner is one of Britain’s leading foreign affairs experts. His sources are unique, his range awesome and his indictment of Arab tyranny and Western connivance devastating and unanswerable."
-- Patrick Seale, author of Asad of Syria
Having read this beautifully written, page-turner of a book, I find myself clinging desperately to a few shards of hope. We can; really we can." --Chris Patten, Financial Times

"At last, a book that goes to the heart of the eternal Middle East Crisis. David Gardner writes courageously and candidly of the West's 'support and indulgence' of corrupt Arab tyrannies, an indulgence that far from securing stability, breeds extremism. He also spells out how US and UK support for Israel has solidified even in the face of Israel's strengthening grip on the Palestinians and the occupied West Bank. This is a book that should be in the hand baggage of every one of President Obama's Middle East negotiators." -- Jon Snow, Channel Four News

"Timely, absorbing, and deeply disturbing...Last Chance is central to any understanding of the problems and prospects of the Middle East in the twenty-first century." --Avi Shlaim, Professor of International Relations, St. Antony's College, Oxford

"The basic message is clear and compelling. Stop propping up Arab autocrats, don't reject democratic election outcomes the West doesn't like, and don't retreat into any other form of 'shallow realism': just let Arabs decide their own future in whatever form they wish. Few observers of the region are more knowledgeable or experienced than David Gardner, and his book - lively, opinionated and immensely readable - is an overdue wake-up call for policymakers." -- Gareth Evans, President, International Crisis Group, and former Foreign Minister of Australia

" this short fine book, David Gardner makes the case that the clock is really running down. It is a fiery essay, but accurate and sincere."  - James Buchan, Guardian

"...wide-ranging and provocative new book..." – Sholto Brynes, Independent on Sunday

"...unapologetically candid criticism of how poorly he [David Gardner] feels the Middle East is being run...the anger that flashes on every page of his polemic is born for a love of the Middle East..." - Alasdair Buchan, Diplomat

" much an introduction to the modern Middle East, looking at topics as varied as the advent of Islam and the Bushehr nuclear reactor, as it is a passionately argued polemic."  - Fred Rhodes, Middle East

"Refreshingly, Gardner has no apparent axe to grind. If he paints a bleak picture and points a finger, it is because the reality is dismal and the accusation is deserved." --Tony Klug, Political Quarterly

About the Author

David Gardner is chief leader writer and associate editor at the Financial Times. He was the paper’s Middle East Editor from 1995-1999. In 2003 he won the David Watt prize for international journalism.

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