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King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East
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King's Counsel: A Memoir of War, Espionage, and Diplomacy in the Middle East [Format Kindle]

Jack O'Connell , Vernon Loeb

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A CIA station chief, later Jordan's lawyer in Washington, reveals the secret history of a lost peace.

Jack O'Connell possessed an uncanny ability to be at the center of things. On his arrival in Jordan in 1958, he unraveled a coup aimed at the young King Hussein, who would become America's most reliable Middle East ally. Over time, their bond of trust and friendship deepened.

His narrative contains secrets that will revise our understanding of the Middle East. In 1967, O'Connell tipped off Hussein that Israel would invade Egypt the next morning. Later, as Hussein's Washington counselor, O'Connell learned of Henry Kissinger's surprising role in the Yom Kippur War.

The book's leitmotif is betrayal. Hussein, the Middle East's only bona fide peacemaker, wanted simply the return of the West Bank, seized in the Six-Day War. Despite American promises, the clear directive of UN Resolution 242, and the years of secret negotiations with Israel, that never happened. Hussein's dying wish was that O'Connell tell the unknown story in this book.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 497 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 289 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0393063348
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company (9 mai 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0051400KK
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Useful, Unconventional and opinionated 18 mai 2012
Par W. Andrew Terrill - Publié sur
This memoir represents a pro-Jordanian outlook and a strong critique of Israeli policy. It is also critical of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 (now widely regarded as a strategic mistake) and more surprisingly of Operation Desert Storm in 1991 (when Saddam was a lot more dangerous). The author's approach will therefore almost certainly anger a number of readers, while others will agree with him. Under these circumstances, readers are advised to consider the book an opinionated but sincere last testament of a CIA officer who believed the United States needed to fundamentally alter its Middle Eastern policies. The remaining question is did he lose perspective on key issues and especially the nature and goals of the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq. However one answers this concern, O'Connell was definitely a part of the history that he describes, and while his views can be criticized, the importance of his vantage point makes him a valuable historical asset. Additionally, Jordan has over many years proven to be an important U.S. ally in the struggle against terrorism and other forms of violent extremism, and to this extent O'Connell was clearly correct in his analysis. For a more in depth assessment, please see my review in Middle East Journal (Winter 2012). W. Andrew Terrill, Ph.D.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent and revelatory book 24 novembre 2011
Par Alank - Publié sur
Author Jack O'Connell used his connections as a former CIA agent and his years in the Middle East to write with a degree of behind-the-scenes knowledge that is remarkable. There is a lot of insight here of a kind that cannot readily be acquired from a distance or through standard journalism. The writing also is extremely good purely as prose, flowing along easily and vividly.

This is not a scholarly or broad history book. It is very much a memoir, one man's exceptionally knowledgeable view of many significant developments in the Mideast over the course of about half a century. To compare it to a few other books by former CIA agents, this book is wider ranging and less cautious than Bruce Riedel's excellent "The Search for Al Qaeda," and more focused and less emotional than Michael Scheuer's "Marching Toward Hell."

The relations between Jordan, Israel and the United States take center stage. The details are fascinating, to such an extent that I wondered whether this book had any trouble with the CIA possibly wanting to suppress some details. The author died before publication, but I do not know whether the author planned on posthumous publication to give himself more freedom in his writing.

O'Connell describes many of the cynicisms, misjudgments and outright stupidities of U.S. diplomacy, but his overall characterization of U.S. Mideast policy is: Whatever Israel wants, Israel gets. Whether that is a fair judgment, each reader can decide. But even a reader who feels O'Connell's judgment is skewed by fondness for King Hussein can learn a lot here.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Insider's view of Jordan 11 août 2011
Par W. John Harrison - Publié sur
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Intriguing view of the life of King Hussein of Jordan. Modified my thinking about the middle east (and even the CIA). Book could have used some maps of the region and some photos as well. Useful to have a historical timeline, too. Well worth the read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exciting and honest 3 septembre 2012
Par Anas Abu hazeem - Publié sur
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One of the most exciting books I've read recently. Mr. O'Connell's experience in the middle east has no match among american diplomats. He brings some truth to a world that is mislead by the media. I wish every American politician will read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Look Behind the Curtain 16 février 2012
Par TBird - Publié sur
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A true intelligence warrior till the end, the man leaves much out. But what is in here is gospel. Ask around Langley, "Jock" is a legend, and this book is an authoritative look behind the scenes.
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