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Ross (The Missing Peace) and Makovsky (Making Peace with the PLO) contend that if the U.S. wants to broker peace in the Middle East, it must cease operating from ideological assumptions and œsee the world as it is. Ross, now an adviser to Hillary Clinton, was chief negotiator for the Clinton administration, and Makovsky is with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; their call comes with real bona fides. œContext matters, they write—but they, too, fail to consider the entire context in question: Israel is all but denied agency, as the authors fail to address the impact of its occupation of Palestinian lands. What may be the crux of the book is found in a mention of This Much Too Promised Land by Ross's former deputy, Aaron David Miller, which examines American negotiating mistakes, including the efforts of his and Ross's team. Ross and Makovsky's open antagonism to Miller suggest they may be less interested in learning from errors than in explaining why everyone else is wrong. (June)
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Dennis Ross is special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Gulf and Southwest Asia. He is the author of the bestselling The Missing Peace.
Analyst and former journalist David Makovsky is a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the author of Making Peace with the PLO.
Clearly written and without the propaganda normally associated with the Middle East. Ross is clearly an authority on this subject.Published 22 months ago by Ellery Block
A highly informative, well-balanced book by authors with intimate knowledge and at-hand experience. Highly recommended, although not always easy reading.Published on June 13, 2010 by George H. Koenig
I found this book very frustrating. Throughout the book, I felt as though Ross and Makovsky are largely on a soapbox about how they are essentially better informed and 'get it'... Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by M. Werner
It is striking how superficial this book is! With all due respect to the authors, I find the theories provided by this book about the causes and nature of the Arab-Israel conflict... Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Najeeb M. Elhatoum
In the Middle East there are three main problems: Afghanistan/Pakistan and the Taliban and al-Qaeda in those two countries, Iran and their nuclear program, and the... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Will
Every year, we get treated to a torrent of banal, predictable books about the Middle East. Occasionally one floats above the flotsam to offer not only real insight, but genuine... Read morePublished on November 18, 2009 by J. A Magill
This is a well written, easy to understand and balanced look at the U.S.A.'s approach to the problems in the Israel/Palestine conflict and the current situation with Iran. Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by Michael Dods
This is one of the finest books written on this subject. It is concise, detailed, factual and non-political. The authors bring tons of knowledge and experience to this book. Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Dennis Fleishman