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Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril

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A newsbreaking memoir revealing the secret, high level negotiations that could soon transform the map of the Middle East.
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Published April 14th 2011 by Penguin Audio (first published 1932)
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Libby (Streed's Reads)
A biographical, historical and geopolitical piece that seemed like it was written specifically with the American audience in-mind. King Abdullah II's strengths in Our Last Best Chance: the Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril, rested in the following:

1. He clearly delineated mainstream Islam and contrasted it with the behavior of radical terrorists who practice Islam.

2. His knowledge of his region's historical and current geopolitics.

3. Replete intelligence pertaining to terrorism groups, cells
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Nada  Abandah
I have a hard time placing this book & evaluating it for multiple reasons. But the most important reason is: As a proud Jordanian reading a book that is written by the King of my country, I find it strange that the book was written for a specific target audience; The American Citizens! Secondly, although the book has been in the process of authoring, editing, publishing for two years now, the timing in which it was published couldn't be more off! Especially with the current events that are f ...more
Areej M.
للكاتب اسلوب جميل في السرد، فهو يقدم لك تقريراً تفصيلياً بما جرى كأنك تجلس امامه،،

وبنما انقسم الكتاب الى جزئين حياته قبل ان يصبح ملكاً وحياته بعدها، ولكوني اطلعت على كتب كثيرة تتحدث عن الجزئية الأولى وجدت عملية تكرارها مع اضافة بعض التفاصيل من شاهد عيان كإبن الملك شيء جيداً ولكنه غير ممتع.


اعجبني الجزء الثاني أكثر، لأنني لا اعلم عنه الكثير، ساعدني بطريقة ما باعادة ترتيب الاحداث التي عشتها، اعجبتني جزئية الاسلام وكيف تحدث عنه، هذا اعتقد ما يحتاج ان يعرفه الآخر (الغرب) عنا كمسلمين.
عندما تحدث عن الس
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Malcolm Snook
Jun 08, 2012 Malcolm Snook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

This is a very special book, a unique insight into a cloistered world of behind closed door negotiations and politics. Extremely well written, informative and, in places very moving, the book is a major force for good in the world and I cannot praise it highly enough. If you believe war is a crime against hu
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Psipsipsi
This is part autobiography, part modern history, and a rare insight into the mentality of one of the highly privileged and super rich. It is written in the form of narrative from the point of view of the author who has been King of Jordan from 1999. As implied in the title, much of it revolves around attempts to bring peace to a war ridden part of the world. The author was in his younger days an army officer, and the terse and factual style of the book would match that of a military debriefing. ...more
Sukumar Honkote
Jan 02, 2012 Sukumar Honkote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-recommend
This book has been clearly written for a global audience with special efforts taken to explain the Arab way of life, international relations and history of the Arab- Israeli conflict (hence, an excellent read for people having only an iota of understanding of the Middle East). It is an extremely interesting read with international relations and events being explained in a succinct and simple manner. The initial half part tells his story before being anointed the King showcasing a third party vie ...more
Joshua Bryant
Jun 21, 2014 Joshua Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an extremely enjoyable book because it really put me at eye-level with important events in the Israel and Arab region. The history really came alive because the author, the present king of Jordan, not only described what happened but also his motivations and feelings. On the other hand, I felt the need to be critical of his opinions. The Israelis (or at least their government, but this distinction was not frequently made) were always cast in a bad light. Their motivations were never exp ...more
Joanna
May 10, 2011 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is very well written. I felt as if King Abdullah was sitting next to me talking. I have met him a couple of times so maybe that is why I feel that way. I had a connection with some parts of the book because of the time line and because my son attends King's Academy. It made me feel proud in the part when he mentions going camping the scholars and just sitting and talking. He is so fatherly to these young scholars. I started to cry when he mentioned the tragic loss of one of the scholars. This ...more
Bernie Davis
Very interesting - background to understanding current and past issues in the Middle East. Recommended. He treads quite softly in passing judgement on other protaganists in the region, including Israelis and the major Arab countries. And understanding that the Hashemites were THE rulers and keepers of the Moslem faith for centuries provides a lot of food for thought. Jordan - which is East of the Jordan River - seems to have been making progress in recent years. How it all fits into the Palestin ...more
Jenn LeBow
When we lived in Matamoros, Mexico, Honey and I took part in a bike tour co-sponsored by the Mayor’s office and the U.S. Consul General. Matamoros is just across the border from Brownsville, Texas, and our house was just a long block away from the Rio Grande, which we found out was called the Rio Bravo on the Mexican side of the border. You could literally see Texas from the roof of our house, and Honey could walk to work at the Consulate. On the day of the bike ride, our large group, accompanie ...more
Emlikescake
Less personal memoir, more a plea for peace. I'm not a military buff, so large portions of the book went over my head, but it was an interesting read on the politics of a region that, as a westerner, can seem far away and confusing.
Chris Buckham
Jun 01, 2016 Chris Buckham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: Our Last Best Chance
Author: King Abdullah II of Jordan
ISBN: 978-0-141-04879-6
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2012
Softcover
Pages: 346
Photographs/maps: 39 b/w

The Kingdom of Jordan stands as a bastion of stability in a very unstable neighbourhood. That it has been able to maintain internal order and good governance despite poverty, a massive refugee challenge and a region wracked by sectarian and religious violence is a testament to its benign leadership and a moderate and balanced approach by gover
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Jane
Aug 25, 2011 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
I first became interested in the man who would become King Abdullah II of Jordan when he made a cameo appearance on an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. At the time, he was still a prince. Apparently he is a huge fan of Star Trek. When I heard about his book, published in 2011, I knew I had to read it. The world needs more leaders who believe in the philosophy of Star Trek (all peoples, educated and living in peace, with good work to do and sufficient food, water, and shelter).

I am not a student of
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Al-anoud Al-Sarhan

Ok...i am not a huge fan of King Abdullah or his wife.and when i heard that his book was published i decided i'll wait for an epub/pdf version.i don't judge a book by its cover nor its author,but i knew i'd give it less than 3 stars.

at the end of the book King Abdullah mentions his father's book Uneasy lies the head,which is one of my absolute favorites.i can hardly compare the two of them as kings ,leaders,or books.

i don't know how accurate it is that Jordan is a home for over 1.9 million refug
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Ann
Jul 21, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very fascinating look at the Middle East crisis through the eyes of a moderate Arab Muslim. While not endorsing everything he said, I read this book and came away from it with great respect for this man who passionately wants peace between the Arabs and Israelis ... particularly the Palestinian people who live within the borders of present day Israel. He says that at the heart of the crisis in the Middle East between Israel and the Palestinians is the need for a two state solution ... Palesti ...more
Kali
I've been an admirer of the King for many years, so it was no surprise that I read his memoir. Let me just say this: whenever I had to put the book down, I was always hoping for a time when I could take it out and read just a few more pages.

The book follows the current King of Jordan from his days as a young boy, until the year 2012, and even though it has a lot of politics in it (as most memoirs of monarchs and important world leaders do) there are also lighthearted moments in it: when he met h
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Jason
Sep 30, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this book. In it, one gains the perspective of the leader of a small country in a "bad neighborhood" who desperately wants to chart a path toward peace in the Middle East, particularly between Palestine and Israel. King Abdullah II explains how many political challenges in the Middle East are ultimately tied to the critical Palestine/Israel issue, one that he and many others in the region believe requires a two-state solution to achieve a lasting peace. He provides great histori ...more
ساجد العبدلي
كتاب سلس، ومكتوب بلغة عربية متميزة، وبه الكثير من الجوانب الانسانية اللافتة في حياة الملك عبدالله، وكذلك الكثير من التوضيحات لما يجري في أروقة ودهاليز عالم السياسة، وخصوصا حول الصراع العربي الاسرائيلي. أنصح بقراءته لمن يحب هذا اللون من الكتب، شريطة أن يقبل على الكتاب بذهنية متفتحة، دون تصنيف مسبقا أو تحيز سياسي.
Jun-Dai Bates-Kobashigawa
A valuable insight into the personal history of King Abdullah II. By telling his story, I gain a unique perspective on the recent history of Jordan—a small, but critical player in the politics of the Middle East, due to their special relationship to Jerusalem and the West Bank, their stability, their status as an Arab country with relations with Israel, and their resistance of regressive interpretations of Islam.

It is also a really good book on leadership in its way, as he explains the thought p
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Chris Langer
Jan 08, 2017 Chris Langer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was quite the interesting book by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. I can't help but wish that this also contained commentary on the Arab Spring, but that occurred after this was published. Still, I recommend it simply for his commentary on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the years. While I don't always agree with his views on the subject, his mindset was fascinating to read.
Allyson
Feb 04, 2017 Allyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by America's most loyal ally in the Middle East. King Abdullah II of Jordan cites historical events that follow the enlightened beginnings of the middle eastern countries to the terrorist crisis they, and the world, face today. Failed policies, dangerous liaisons, and betrayals make for fascinating and frightening reading.
Jessica
Feb 10, 2017 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Amazing and wonderful. The personal stories are really funny and the more serious stories add a darkness. It's a perfect balance between humor and seriousness.
Rivka
Aug 17, 2011 Rivka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't at all sure how I would feel about his book when I picked it up. Books about the situation in the Middle East can be more emotional than informational. I was happy to find it well and reasonably written, and I very much enjoyed reading it. It is naturally written with an Arab bias, this should come as no surprise to anyone, and of course my opinion on this is based mainly on his presentation of himself, but King Abdullah seems to posses a level of moderate logical thought I rarely heard ...more
Jeff
Jan 06, 2012 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could remember who recommended that I read this book, because I'm glad it was on my list and that I read. It provided an interesting perspective on the "Israeli / Arab" problem, and not one that I would consider to be mainstream in my thoughts. But I appreciated reading about the relevant issues from the viewpoint of a respected Arab leader that has been interested and involved in the peace process for many years. He spoke highly of Presidents Clinton and Obama, and not so much of Presi ...more
Mentol
Aug 23, 2014 Mentol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THe book written by a king of one of the two arab country that has diplomatic ties with israel provides an 

overview of a long conflict between arabs and israelis.   

It gave counts on historical events, facts and reasons since 50s from jordans'view.

Also touch base specifically on the economic and social development of jordan once king abdullah II took over the reign.

Relationship with the US is considered as key from king's point of view for peace, stability, economich growth within the region



The
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Gary Patton
May 04, 2014 Gary Patton rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: noone interested in historically accurate commentary on the Middle East challenege
Recommended to Gary by: Joel C. Rosenberg
Some Christian experts agree that the most moderate Arab leader in the Middle East is King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Other experts state that the real root of the violence in the Middle East lies in the hateful, supremacist dictates of the Koran against all non-Muslims, regardless of what the moderates say or do.

Because I had read on Joel Rosenberg's site that the King allegedly believes in a moderate reinterpretation of Islam's Koran, I felt led to read what he believes in his own words.

Intention
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Fausto Betances
Mar 28, 2016 Fausto Betances rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. It has more than its fair share of author's self adulation, no question. But it delivers a clean view of the moderate viewpoint some arab countries have about the Israeli-Palestinian problem.

It also provides an insightful summary of Arab history as seen from the eyes of a privileged, yet driven man. That's probably the most remarkable angle of the book. Rarely do we see head of states, kings or prime ministers write this kind of books while in office. King Abdullah's meetin
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Steve
Mar 29, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe he had a ghost writer, but I really enjoyed his writing style. He also seems like a pretty fun character himself, sneaking out of the palace in disguise to check corruption and sloth in factories and public service institutions around the country; pranking Steven Spielberg by flying crazy in his helicopter when they were preparing to shoot "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"; etc. He really does a good job of selling Jordan as an exception to the stereotypes of the Middle East, particular ...more
Bilal Alhalaiqa
Aug 09, 2015 Bilal Alhalaiqa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Philip
Mar 18, 2012 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
His majesty King Abdullah II is a great visionary for peace. In this book, he lays out his plan of how peace could be achieved in the Middle East as well as his criticisms of the West's dealings in the Middle East. His main charge against the United States was that we do not listen to advice from people who understand the Middle Eastern mindset. We have our own set idea of how Arabs think, and nothing will change that for us. If we are to succeed in our dealings in the Middle East, then we have ...more
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The 41st-generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him), His Majesty King Abdullah II assumed his constitutional powers as monarch on 7 February 1999.

Following the leadership legacy of his father, the late King Hussein, King Abdullah has made the welfare of Jordan’s people the cornerstone of his policies for national development, regiona
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