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King's counsel : a memoir of war, espionage, and diplomacy in the Middle East

Author: Jack O'Connell; Vernon Loeb
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Jack O'Connell possessed an uncanny ability to be at the center of things. On his arrival in Jordan in 1958, he unraveled a coup aimed at the young King Hussein, who would become America's most reliable Middle East ally. Over time, their bond of trust and friendship deepened. In 1967, O'Connell tipped off Hussein that Israel would invade Egypt the next morning. Later, as Hussein's Washington counselor, O'Connell  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack O'Connell; Hussein, King of Jordan; Jack O'Connell; Hussein, King of Jordan; Jack O'Connell; König Hussein (Jordanien; Husain, Jordanien König
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack O'Connell; Vernon Loeb
ISBN: 9780393063349 0393063348
OCLC Number: 668194846
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 266 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Summer in Amman, 1958 --
A shotgun in the closet --
Calm before the storm --
The prelude to war --
The six day war --
Making things up as we went along --
"Can I trust this little king of yours?" --
Jousting with the Soviets, talking to the Israelis --
September 1970 --
Back to Washington, back to war --
From Washington to Camp David --
Giving up the West Bank --
Saddam Hussein : friend or foe? --
A war that need not have been waged --
Cold peace --
Missed opportunities, miscalculations, and mistakes --
"A place beyond ourselves" --
Most of our enemies, we made --
Many drums to pound --
Irrepressible optimism.
Responsibility: Jack O'Connell with Vernon Loeb.

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A CIA station chief, later Jordan's lawyer in Washington, reveals the secret history of a lost peace.  Read more...

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