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Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril Hardcover – February 22, 2011
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Putting aside that King Abdullah II is my king, the book is an amazing piece. He covered different chapters of his life, personal and professional in which both are affected by the life course of the Kingdom.
I can't deny that I was shocked to see the publishing time wasn't rescheduled but with turning the last page, I thought, it's not just the right time but it's the best time for such book to be published. The different layers he build and the multi-dimensional stories he mention will attach you to the book until the last page.
As a young citizen, I appreciate this book and I feel that I have a better understanding to my King now. On professional level, the book is a great insight to the peace process, what should have done, where we are now and where the world should put more weight to get things done.
Although the title refers to the urgency of finding a workable peace in the Israel/Palestine conflict, King Abdullah ensures that his readers understand the beginnings of the situation by going back to the time of his great-grandfather, King Abdullah I. It is only a third of the way into the book that the reign of King Abdullah II begins. It is obvious that he has great admiration for his father and seeks to follow his footsteps in a faithful attempt to arrive at a negotiated peace settlement between Israel and Palestine, while bringing his own pragmatism to the task. He describes the changes he has made in his country, and his interactions with leaders of other world powers. He addresses some common misconceptions about Islam and piqued my interest in The Amman Message, which has its own chapter.
While the book describes serious matters, there is a good mix of 'human interest moments' to bring a personal touch to the story. It is easy to feel sympathy for the 6-year old boy, fluent in Arabic, with a fair knowledge of French and very little English, who is sent to school in England "to escape the mounting violence and chaos inside Jordan." Or to be amused by the young army officer gladly taking a night off and going to his sister's for "a real dinner", at which he met his future wife, Queen Rania, who had her own reservations about the young man of whom she had "heard things.Read more ›
So, I was eager to read this book by her step-son.....see more at my blog,bookshelfish.blogspot.com.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am so glad I ordered this book. The king has so much perspective on what is going on in the Middle East. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Brenda in Georgia
This book is a little dated but good insight about what was, and is, happening in that crazy part of the world. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joseph H. Race
This guy has had my attention for a while now. So I enjoyed learning a lot about him, his land, and his beliefs. I also learned a good bit about the animosity in the middle east. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sam
It's very interesting to hear a report from the Middle East that is the other side of the story.
It is well written and engaging. I looked forward to reading it.
Excellent book. Written in a way you can easily understand and follow. The Middle East conflict is very complex and I certainly cannot say I completely understand, but I came away... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Donnerfairy
This book is a first-person account of what's happening in the middle east by the King of Jordan. After reading it I believe that I have a much better understanding of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joe Lake
Another viewpoint of the Middle East. Hopefully the politicians read itPublished 15 months ago by michael magro