Our Last Best Chance by King Abdullah II of Jordan

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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.
 

About King Abdullah II of Jordan

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KING ABDULLAH II OF JORDAN was educated in the United States and England. A cavalry officer in the Jordanian army, he eventually became commander of Jordan's Special Forces. He is a forty-third-generation descendant of the Prophet Mohammad; his family has ruled the holy city of Mecca for more than eight hundred years.
 
Published February 22, 2011 by Penguin Books. 371 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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“King Abdullah closes the book with his hope of success and his fear of failure in the process. The title, Our Last Best Chance is not accidentally chosen. He conveys this honestly and deeply in the last two chapters. He hopes a lasting resolution can be found for the benefit of the children of t...

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“King Abdullah closes the book with his hope of success and his fear of failure in the process. The title, Our Last Best Chance is not accidentally chosen. He conveys this honestly and deeply in the last two chapters. He hopes a lasting resolution can be found for the benefit of the children of t...

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Regardless of whether you subscribe to his political views or not, this book provides intriguing insight into the personal lives of the Hashemite family of Jordan and is an excellent PR tool in asserting King Abdullah’s Western-friendly image as a down-to-earth and up-to-date monarch.

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