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I liked the book, but it seems to hold up to the proverbial comment on sausage making and politics. Dennis gets well into the nitty-gritty of international negotiations and at 900 pages, the book provides significant insight about the daily interactions that go on behind the scenes of these meetings. On one hand, this is a fascinating look behind the curtain of international diplomacy, it often gets bogged down in a this-said, that said, exchange. It's a high level of detail, and often, you can
I generally avoid works of fiction, so the closest I get to fantasy/make-believe is reading about the middle east peace process.Great book if you're interested in first-person history and the ins & outs of middle east shuttle diplomacy.
Precise, in-depth, and well readThis book is not a tell all memoir by Ross about how hard he tried, and how everyone was against him. While he cannot escape the importance of his own role, he rarely dwells on it. Rather, it is the cumulative work of 10 years of diplomacy, diplomacy that involved many people. He offers glimpses into the lives of leaders we usually only see on TV, and invites us to understand the emotional and political turmoil that was poured into the peace process.
To keep myself interested, I played a game with the many people whose paths crossed Mr. Ross's: in the game, out of the game, or dead? I am shocked that Mohammed Dahlan is still alive and that Walid al-Muallem has avoided the ax as his country has basically blown up. He's certainly doing better than Ryan Crocker these days. Sort of. Run-ins with the law aside, Crocker's place of residence, last I checked, is not in mortal peril. I see this Jonathan Pollard business is still going on. Good luck w...
If you look at when I started and when I finished you would have some questions about why I finished. Well to be honest because Dennis Ross is a good writer, but I got overwhelmed a few times. There are so many characters and thread here that I got derailed a couple of times. I gave three stars and perhaps it should be more as Dennis is comprehensive in detailing the way things as usual went south during his attempts as Middle East envoy and chief peace negotiator during the GHW Bush and B Clint...
'At one level, Ross succeeds in producing an admirably comprehensive history of the process. But on a deeper level, Ross—now counselor to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Fox News analyst—fails to provide a “fair and balanced” assessment of the history he recounts. While he is critical of the top leaders on both sides and freely admits that all parties—himself included—made mistakes, he lays the blame for the failure of the peace process at the feet of the chairman of the Pale...
Dennis Ross was the chief American negotiator in the first Bush and Clinton administrations attempting to bring Israel and Palestine together. This book is the definitive account of the painstaking and sometimes agonizing efforts to bring these parties together culminating in the failure of peace negotiations in the final days of the Clinton administration. His conclusion? Arafat couldn't bring himself to make the transition to becoming a post-conflict leader. The book gives us a behind the scen...
I was fortunate to take a special seminar on Mideast Politics at Marquette University during the spring semester of my senior year. One would think that would be too heavy of a workload for one's last semester of college, but I didn't hesitate. Ross is the former Middle East envoy to President Clinton as well as a senior level advisor in the Dept. of State for President George H W Bush. This was our required reading for Ross' seminar, which could be viewed as self-indulgent on his part, but for
I read this book several years ago now, so the details are no longer fresh in my memory, but it's been such an important book for me, because it has so thoroughly shaped my outlook on Middle East politics. If you're not willing to dig through the several hundred pages of this blow-by-blow account of peace negotiations (both successes and failures) from the late 80s through the end of the 90s, I'd still recommend the first chapter or two, which are without question the most succinct, lucid, and e...
Over 800 pages of both sides negotiating in bad faith .. the failure (or refusal) of Israel to fulfill Oslo, Wye agreement .. yet it's all Arafat's fault that the peace process collapsed and there won't be peace until he's replaced.Well he's been dead 10 years now Dennis so how's the peace process going now you fuckwit !!This book sums up all that is wrong with the negotiations for peace ... Israel is America's main ally in the Middle East ... Their needs (wants) come first ... America an honest...
If you are looking for a more objective (still slightly biased because it was written by an American) and more detailed understanding of the relationship between the Palestinians and Isreali's, I would read "The Missing Peace" by Dennis Ross. He was the lead Middle East negotiater under both the first George Bush and Bill Clinton (so generally bi-partisan). In this book, he is able to show the strengths and weaknesses of both sides from a leadership and argument perspective. After reading these
This is a tough book to get through but I give it five stars because it is the best account we will ever have of why Bill Clinton's attempt to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians failed. Nobody is ever perfect in these matters but Yasir Arafat was, in the end, incapable of signing on the dotted line because he relished his status as a victim. You cannot deal with people like that as this book makes clear.
Dennis Ross was a member of the presidential cabinets of Reagan through Clinton and served as the cheif Middle East Peace negotiator for H.W. Bush and Clinton. A lot of people call this book a great insight to the peace making process in the Middle East. I found the text to be subtly racist and extremely biased toward the West and Israeli agendas. I suppose that makes sense, considering who the man is and what the main preoccupation of the United States is in the Middle East.
Even handed account and analysis of the recent history of Israeli / Palestinian peace process negotiations. The definitive work on the subject from the diplomat behind the Bush 41 and Clinton attempts at peace.
It is amazing how someone claims to be very understanding of the Palestinian perspictive of the conflict and people is not even close. Ross manifisted the American unfaith and lack of trust in Palestinians and their intentions
Read this my senior year at Marquette while the author, Ambassador Ross, was guest teaching a class on Middle East politics. Dense but very good.
The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace by Dennis Ross (2004)
An insightful and critical look into the mideast peace process of the Clinton era.