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Truths and lies in the Middle East : memoirs of a veteran journalist, 1952-2012

Author: Eric Rouleau; Alain Gresh
Publisher: Cairo ; New York The American University in Cairo Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Eric Rouleau was one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, a status he owed to his extraordinary career, which began when Hubert Beuve-Méry, director of Le Monde, charged him with covering the Near and Middle East. In 1963, Rouleau was invited by Gamal Abd al-Nasser to interview him in Cairo, a move which was not lost on the young Rouleau—going through him, a young Egyptian Jew who had been exiled  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Eric Rouleau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric Rouleau; Alain Gresh
ISBN: 9789774169069 9774169069
OCLC Number: 1048943117
Notes: Includes index.
Translated from the French.
Description: xix, 326 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Foreword: Éric Rouleau's empire / Alain Gresh--
Introduction --
Gamal Abd al-Nasser --
Egypt to the Egyptians --
The indispensable Torah --
My brother Ishmael --
The "Prussians" win out over the "Jews" --
The six-hour war --
The "liberal" occupation --
The survivor --
Missing peace --
The end of an era --
"De-Nasserization" --
War and diplomacy --
Lost illusions --
Update and renewal --
The Oslo deadlock --
Cassandra --
Index.
Other Titles: Dans les coulisses du Proche-Orient.
Responsibility: Eric Rouleau ; foreword by Alain Gresh.

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Eric Rouleau was one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, a status he owed to his extraordinary career, which began when Hubert Beuve-Méry, director of Le Monde, charged him with covering the Near and Middle East. In 1963, Rouleau was invited by Gamal Abd al-Nasser to interview him in Cairo, a move which was not lost on the young Rouleau—going through him, a young Egyptian Jew who had been exiled from Egypt in late 1951, shortly before the Free Officers coup, was a means to renew diplomatic ties with de Gaulle’s France. This exclusive interview, which immediately made headlines around the world, propelled Rouleau into the center of the region’s conflicts for two decades. Writing between Cairo and Jerusalem, Rouleau was a chief witness to the wars of 1967 and 1973, narrating their events from behind the scenes. He was to meet all the major players, including Nasser, Levi Ashkol, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, and Anwar Sadat, painting striking portraits of each. More than a memoir, his book presents a history, lived from the inside, of the Israel–Palestine conflict.

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For years, Eric Rouleau's reporting and commentaries on the Middle East were an incomparable source of information, insight, and understanding. The appearance of the autobiography of this remarkable Read more...

 
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