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The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace Paperback – May 26, 2005
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"The Missing Peace" is the frustrating but illuminating memoir of Dennis Ross, the Chief American negotiator in the Israeli-Arab peace process. Ross's book is an exhaustive record of Ross's schedule: No meeting is too trivial to recount, no quarrel too tiresome to include, no thought too minor to mention.
Ross's focus is squarely on the Israeli- Arab negotiations, and specifically the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian meetings (with the Jordanians guest starring for one chapter, and the Egyptians, Saudis and Moroccans making sporadic appearances). If you are looking for a comprehensive treatment of Israeli-Arab relationships, or the Peace Process in the 1990s, look elsewhere: This is squarely about the meetings, negotiations, and tactics. Worst still, because the US had only a limited role in the Oslo accords, the very start of the historic process between Israelis and the Palestinian Liberation Organization is under reported.
In his conclusion, Ross concedes that "negotiations do not take place in a vacuum" and that the broader picture, and the Israeli and Palestinian publics have to be considered. But Ross's book fails to include them; We get astonishingly little about some of the major players in this drama: Israeli Refusniks, Palestinian Militants, and Oslo Skeptics generally.Read more ›
The book is unnecessarily long (872 pages), but is entertaining as it includes anecdotal details and some other less important details about how Ross boarded planes and took showers prior to his meetings.
The book also sheds light on how, on several occasions, arrogance, pride, prejudice, electoral considerations and pulling diplomatic stunts to muster further support of followers have always affected peace negotiations.
It also shows that terrorists and other anti-peace factions succeeded in so many instances in delaying peaceful efforts and in other instances completely sabotaged them.
Ross has been a witness of the diplomatic effort between Israelis and Arabs, which was interrupted in 2000. His book is certainly a reference document for all those interested in taking a deeper look into the Middle East conflict and international attempts at resolving it.
The book focuses heavily on negotiating tactics and personalities, but offers precious little of the big picture. I would strongly recommend that Mr. Ross engage the services of a top-quality editor, to eliminate the trivial, and to illuminate the long-term patterns, and large-scale issues emerging from the period in question.
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This book is nothing more than a ego-stroking, metaphorical 'pat on the back' by Ross for the unquestionable failure that resulted from this 'peace process'. Read morePublished 14 months ago by buddy A. garfinkle
This thick, heavy volume, 860 pages of small type, is the work of the chief US negotiator in the Oslo Accords peace process from 1993 to 2000. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edward Brynes
There is not a more complete and detailed account of American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by D. Rozenson
The book looks great. It came on time and there are no marks of prior use. Excellent read about Mideast negotiations as well.Published on September 18, 2013 by Jonah Rothstein
If you have an interest for the subject, than go for this book without hesitations. Detailed and entertaining throughout the whole structure.Published on August 13, 2013 by Davide Pernice
Just as a preface, politically the book deserves 1 star for the lies, distortions, and justifications for the unjustifiable. Read morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Christopher M. Whitman Jr.
Dennis Ross has written a fine book on the history of the Middle East and his view of the evolution of the conflict between Muslim Arabs and Jews. The detail is excellent. Read morePublished on December 19, 2009 by Fred Pierce
In this exhaustive 800-page tome, U.S. Envoy to the Middle East (1988-2000) Dennis Ross gives a painstakingly detailed play-by-play account of the Middle East peace process. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Valerie J. Saturen
Dennis Ross has worked for both Democrats and Republicans, and is considered one of the foremost authorities on the Middle East. Read morePublished on January 3, 2009 by David Dressler