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by King Abdullah II of Jordan

Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril download ebook
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0670021717
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978-0670021710
Author:
King Abdullah II of Jordan
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Viking; 1st Edition edition (February 22, 2011)
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368 pages
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Abdullah II, King of Jordan, 1962 . One of the best weapons against violent extremists is to undercut their rallying cries.

Abdullah II, King of Jordan, 1962-. Our last best chance : the pursuit of peace in a time of peril, King Abdullah II. p. cm. Includes index. eISBN : 978-1-101-19013-5. Achieving a just and lasting peace is one of our most powerful tools against extremism. It won’t stop every fanatic, but it will radically transform the playing field.

His Majesty King Abdullah II, the eldest son of King Hussein and forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, became King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1999. Before that, he served as Major General and Commander of Special Forces in the Jordanian army. He is married to Queen Rania, with whom he has four children. He lives in Amman, Jordan.

Our Last Best Chance book The author, King Abdullah II comes across as a man I would sincerely like and identify with on a personal level

Our Last Best Chance book. I have just finished reading 'OUR LAST BEST CHANCE The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril' by King Abdullah II of Jordan. Without doubt it is the best non fiction book I've read in a decade. The author, King Abdullah II comes across as a man I would sincerely like and identify with on a personal level.

February 25 2011, 12:01am, The Times. In the Middle East, four months can be an eternity

February 25 2011, 12:01am, The Times. King Abdullah II of Jordan and his wife Queen Rania of JordanSalah Malkawi, Getty Images. In the Middle East, four months can be an eternity. This book went to press in October last year, when the preoccupation in the area was whether the faltering Israeli/Palestinian talks would result in any progress being made. The talks failed, not least, as King Abdullah claims, because of the determination of the Netanyahu Government in Israel to continue its provocative building of new residential settlements on Palestinian land in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Xxi, 346 . of plates : 24 cm. The eldest son of Jordan's King Hussein, the author had not expected to ascend to the throne; his father's brother had long been crown prince. But he was chosen by the king on his deathbed

Xxi, 346 . But he was chosen by the king on his deathbed. Both a memoir and a frank discussion of how to solve problems in the Middle East.

King Abdullah II is a respectable, impressive, strong character. Even though I lived through these times I realize that we only get part of the picture from our media in the USA (NPR does a pretty good jo. This book is extremely interesting. 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. I believe King Abdullah II to be a man of integrity and wisdom. I recommend it to anyone who cares about harmony in the world.

King Abdullah Ii, King Abdullah. I was almost fifteen when I accompanied my father on Umra (the lesser pilgrimage, which, unlike Hajj, can be made at any time of the year). I was almost fifteen when I accompanied my father on Umra (the lesser pilgrimage, which, unlike Hajj, can be made at any time of the year) f Islam. There were well over a million pilgrims that year, each clothed only in a white sheet tied around the waist with a piece of rope. I felt an amazing sense of community and brotherhood as I stood with these pilgrims gathered from all over the globe, all dressed alike, signifying our equality before God.

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 unimaginable. His Majesty King Abdullah II, the eldest son of King Hussein and forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, became King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1999.

King Abdullah II is the 41st generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad . In addition to military service, the King served as regent several times in the absence of His Majesty King Hussein, may his soul rest in peace.

King Abdullah II is the 41st generation direct descendant of Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The eldest son of King Hussein Bin Talal and Princess Muna Al Hussein, His Majesty was born in Amman on 30 January 1962. King Abdullah II has four brothers and six sisters. On 29 January 1999, His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein was appointed Crown Prince by Royal Decree.

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.
Reviews:
  • Bluecliff
The book is outstanding, but BEWARE OF THE KINDLE VERSION!!! Unlike the printed book version (hard or paperback), the Kindle version made by the publisher is missing ALL the photos that are critical to all the people mentioned. I complained to Amazon and suggested they increase their quality control to require that publishers make the Kindle versions have the complete contents, including photographs, etc that are in the print versions. I am very disappointed having discovered this huge defect on the Kindle version only when I bought the print version as a gift!!!
  • Acrobat
Great story of the King's life. It's clear it is partially to make a case why he was chosen to succeed instead of his Uncle but it is a good biography nonetheless. He paints a good picture of the issues facing the Middle East from the perspective of someone who is from there but he also understands the Western view of the world. The book is mostly biography, slightly propaganda (how can someone's own story not be, though?), and a little bit of suggestion how to move forward. It is dated by being written before the rise of Daesh (ISIS) but it can give some insight into how we got to that point.
  • Cyregaehus
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.
  • Qulcelat
I believe it is important to learn from a number of sources to get a realistic picture of events around the world. Even though I lived through these times I realize that we only get part of the picture from our media in the USA (NPR does a pretty good job.) This book is extremely interesting. I believe King Abdullah II to be a man of integrity and wisdom. I recommend it to anyone who cares about harmony in the world.
  • Stan
What I enjoyed most about this book was the author's true feelings about the shortcomings of his own Islam faith and the continued understanding of the U.S. involement in Middle East problems. He seems to understand why we help other nations taken advantage of, and he supports the U.S. efforts in trying to being peacemakers in the coutries surrounding the good people of Jordan! Easy to read and understand!
  • Fesho
This book is largely a memoir of King Abdullah's life, but it does focus a fair amount on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I thought he tried very hard to portray the Israeli government in a positive way but the reality is that that is very hard to do these days and you could tell in the last chapter that he had given up on that. Knowing very well people on both sides of the conflict, and having a fairly good grasp of the nuances of the conflict, and the blood and prejudice on *both* sides, I felt he did a very good job trying to present his views in a fair way. And he and his father have tried very hard to work to settle this conflict, which today seems farther from a solution than ever before. He does not gloss over or excuse the many unfortunate things that Palestinians have done to the Israelis over the years.

He made an interesting and compelling point that the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is a direct driver of terrorism abroad, and that solving it would remove a lot of the ammunition that extreme elements of Arab Muslim society are using to radicalize vulnerable youth and exploit public unhappiness with how the United States uses its influence in the Middle East.

Unfortunately, this book was published a year too early. After it was released, most of the fellow leaders in mentioned in the book have now been pushed from power in the popular uprisings across the middle east. The fact remains at the end of the day that as benevolent as the regime in Jordan is, it is still not a democracy. It would be interesting to have King Abdullah address the fallout of Arab spring in his book.
  • Fenrinos
This book by Jordan's King Abdullah provides valuable insight into the thinking of one of the Middle East's most progressive and moderate leaders. Of particular interest to Western readers, King Abdullah uses this book to speak against terrorism and emphasize the importance of moderate Islam in refuting extremism. He further devotes a short chapter to the "Amman Message" which was announced with considerable fanfare in Jordan and outlines the Jordanian stand against terrorism. The King also adds a great deal of detail about al-Qaeda's attempt to assassinate him in 2000, and is quite open about his country's efforts to hunt down Jordanian-born al-Qaeda leader, Abu Musab al Zarqawi for crimes against Jordan. King Abdullah also discusses the role that his intelligence officials had in working with the United States to orchestrate Zarqawi's death in a U.S. air raid against a secret headquarters in Iraq. For a much more comprehensive discussion of this important work, please see my book review in the Autumn 2011 edition of Middle East Journal. Additionally, please be aware that the audio version of this book is brilliantly and convincingly rendered by a professional narrator in very slightly Arabic-accented English. W. Andrew Terrill, Ph.D.
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.