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The United States' decision to recognize Israel was a calculated risk that pitted the goodwill and oil of the Arab states against the political clout of the American Zionist movement and a desire to redress the calamities visited upon European Jewry during World War II. Present and intimately involved in these events was career diplomat Evan M. Wilson. A Calculated Risk is Wilson's chronicle of decisions of unimaginable consequence made in both the Middle East and Washington.
Evan Wilson worked for thirty years as a foreign service officer for the U.S. State Department's Near East Division, including a posting as Consul General of Jerusalem. His clear, balanced, and unbiased account springs from knowledge gained through his firsthand experience as well as almost unlimited access to Executive and State Department briefings and documents.
A Calculated Risk details each milestone that led to the creation of Israel, starting in the 1940s with the American Emergency Committee for Zionist Affairs reviving the idea for a Jewish national state. Wilson's assignments in Egypt, Iran, Lebanon, and Jerusalem in various posts-including Secretary of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry for Palestine-kept him in the diplomatic inner circle for threedecades, a tenure that provides his book with unassailable perspective and a commitment to historical accuracy.
Complete with rarely seen photographs and documents gathered for the first time in one place, A Calculated Risk is the perfect book if you're looking for fair and cogent insight into the conflict whose repercussions continue to wreak havoc around the world.