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Author O'Connell, Jack, 1921-2010.

Title King's counsel : a memoir of war, espionage, and diplomacy in the Middle East / Jack O'Connell with Vernon Loeb.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 CCQ - Lusail Male Library  DS154.52.O26 A3 2011    Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xx, 266 p. ; 24 cm.
Note Includes index.
Summary 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 learned of Henry Kissinger's surprising role in the Yom Kippur War. The book's leitmotif is betrayal. Hussein, the Middle East's only bona-fide peacemaker, wanted simply the return of the West Bank, seized in the Six-Day War. Despite American promises, the clear directive of UN Resolution 242, and the years of secret negotiations with Israel, that never happened. Hussein's dying wish was that O'Connell tell the unknown story in this book.--From publisher description.
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.
Subject O'Connell, Jack, 1921-2010.
Hussein, King of Jordan, 1935-1999 -- Friends and associates.
Political consultants -- Jordan -- Biography.
Political consultants -- United States -- Biography.
Lawyers -- Washington (D.C.) -- Biography.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Israel-Arab War, 1967.
Jordan -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Jordan.
Middle East -- Politics and government -- 1945-
Added Author Loeb, Vernon.
ISBN 9780393063349 (hardcover)
0393063348 (hardcover)