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Our Last Best Chance: A Story of War and Peace
     

Our Last Best Chance: A Story of War and Peace

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by King Abdullah II of Jordan
 

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A newsbreaking memoir that tackles head-on the toughest challenge in the world today.

When a dying King Hussein shocked the world by picking his son rather than his brother, the longtime crown prince, to be the next king of Jordan, no one was more surprised than the young head of Special Operations, who discovered his life was in for a major upheaval.

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A newsbreaking memoir that tackles head-on the toughest challenge in the world today.

When a dying King Hussein shocked the world by picking his son rather than his brother, the longtime crown prince, to be the next king of Jordan, no one was more surprised than the young head of Special Operations, who discovered his life was in for a major upheaval.

This is the inspirational story of a young prince who went to boarding school in America and military academy in Britain and grew up believing he would be a soldier. Back home, he hunted down terrorists and modernized Jordan's Special Forces. Then, suddenly, he found himself king. Together with his wife, Queen Rania, he transformed what it meant to be a monarch, going undercover to escape the bubble of the court while she became the Muslim world's most passionate advocate of women's rights.

In this exceptionally candid memoir, King Abdullah tackles the single toughest issue he faces head-on- how to solve the Israeli-Palestinian standoff- and reveals himself to be an invaluable intermediary between America and the Arab world. He writes about the impact of the Iraq war on his neighborhood and how best to tackle Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Why would a sitting head of state choose to write about the most explosive issues he faces? King Abdullah does so now because he believes we face a moment of truth: a last chance for peace in the Middle East. The prize is enormous, the cost of failure far greater than we dare imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101190135
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/22/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
380,735
File size:
404 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone interested in the Middle East and Jordan should read this book. Candid view of his majesty's perspective of the troubles in the region . He is his father's son,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful insights into the Middle East from the perspective of an elnlightened and highly educated and effective leader . A rare opportunity to understand the complex issues facing Jordan and the Middle East
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