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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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Jordan has not escaped dissent but Abdullah has also shown a quicker understanding of what has been required in the short term... But the long term problems remain: a small state with a $20bn debt and a population where six decades of Palestinian refugee immigration has made the ruling Bedouin families who control the military almost a minority. The king, again, does not shrink from these problems and the need to tackle them... This first effort is well and colourfully written... I look forward to more books, hopefully outlining how he and his nation found a peaceful middle way out of this year of Arab unrest -- Alasdair Buchan Diplomat --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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King Abdullah II spent his formative years in the United States, where he went to Eaglebrook and Deerfield, and in England, where he trained to be an officer at Sandhurst. A cavalry officer in the Jordanian army, he eventually became commander of the Jordanian Special Forces, a position that allowed him to forge invaluable relationships with intelligence and military offices around the world. The head of the Hashemite family, he is a forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. His family ruled the holy city of Mecca for more than eight hundred years and his great-grandfather led the Arab revolt for independence from Ottoman rule.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670021717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670021710
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Folks, as I write this Tunisia & Egypt have been in revolution, and Libya is in flames. If you're looking at all of this from the West, you can only shake your head and wonder where it's all going, when you pile this on top of Iraq, Iran & Israel/Palestine. With this backdrop, King Abdullah II of Jordan has stepped into the breech as a moderate and thoughtful Middle Eastern leader, hoping to stem the tide of change into productive ways that will benefit all sides, and keep the region from going up in flames. He was interviewed at length on the Jon Stewart Daily Show Sept 2010, and those clips are easily available. Your jaw will drop in listening to someone calmly and thoughtfully discussing the problems that face everyone there, without being dragged down into polemic or shortcuts. His young UN Ambassador was just interviewed in February 2011; again, clips are on the Stewart site. King Abdullah II is Western-educated, but sensitive to all of the various needs. This guy is a player, and he is someone we should all be aware of. I think we will all be better off with him in the discussion of things. He brings credibility. Read. This. Book.
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I just finished reading it and it was a delightful experience, though I haven't got the time yet to write a proper review yet, but I have a short one to share.
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.
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As an American, I find it difficult to relate to and understand the daily life of the world outside. King Abdullah II changes that, presenting one of the biggest issues of the modern day in a very human story. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is shared by one person, who describes the experiences, the obstacles, and the potential all within a deep and personaland. This book is vital for the modern age, and I cannot recommend it enough.
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I found this book 'by accident' while searching for a book written by King Hussein; however, as I wanted to get a better understanding of recent Jordanian history, and a different perspective on the Israel/Palestine situation I thought this would be a good start.

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.
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King Abdullah II is a respectable, impressive, strong character. I initially purchased the book to better understand his philosophy on international relations. However, the book is more a focus on King Abdullah II himself, his background, and why he does what he does. The title is a bit of a misnomer. But if you're looking to understand more about the leadership in Jordan or learn more about royal relationships and personalities in the Middle East, this is a useful read.
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King Abdullah has interested me for awhile for several reasons. As the son of the Jordanian King Hussein and British-born Princess Muna, I've been curious about this western educated (he even went to school in America), moderate Muslim. That curiosity was piqued after I read the memoirs of his step-mother, the current Queen Dowager, Queen Noor, several years ago. (Leap of Faith, Miramax) While I definitely enjoyed that book and learned quite a bit about her life, her husband and the region, I also couldn't help but feel that the book was cold. It felt like a press release. Queen Noor gave us the story she wanted to present to the world, consistently painting herself as disinterested in power and the trimmings of royalty. That is her right, of course, but I was hoping for something with a little more blood in the veins. She touched on some of the fascinating family dynamics that were going on behind the scenes, but again, one had to read between the lines to understand what was happening.
So, I was eager to read this book by her step-son.....see more at my blog,bookshelfish.blogspot.com.
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