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AARON DAVID MILLER is a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. For the last two decades he has served as an advisor to six secretaries of state, helping to formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process. A father of two grown children he lives with his wife in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
In this extraordinary account of 20 years on the front lines of Arab-Israeli peacemaking, career diplomat Miller provides an impressively candid appraisal of Middle East peace efforts. Drawing from his extensive experience and 160 interviews with presidents, advisers and negotiators, he apportions censure and praise with an even hand, sparing not even his failures or those of his colleagues. Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict (stressing that Americans cannot fully understand the life-and-death stakes in the struggle between Israelis and Palestinians), while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions. Miller says that though the two sides hold ultimate responsibility for their shared fate, American involvement is imperative and calls for the tough-love approach of Kissinger and Carter, arguing compellingly that such engagement is "now more vital to our national interests, and to our security, than at any time since the late 1940s." Although occasionally paternalistic, Miller's writing is both approachable and deeply smart; this and his absolute failure to take sides mean that this work will doubtlessly influence and enrage-and certainly inspire. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"A revealing and well-written memoir.... Miller fills his pages with real characters and sly observations... [and] sobering tales from the front."--The New York Times
"Aaron Miller has written the most definitive and insightful
work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the attempts to
mediate it. He possesses a depth of experience and understanding of
this complex situation that is unmatched by anybody else who has
participated in this process. His passion, intellect, knowledge,
and common sense were invaluable in our tenure as mediators. The
Much Too Promised Land is a must read for those who desire a
true understanding of the most critical peace issue of our
time."--General Anthony C. Zinni USMC (Retired) "This book
is absolutely necessary reading for anyone who cares about a Middle
East peace. Aaron David Miller recounts the history of negotiations
based on his deep personal involvement. Not only is it a
fascinating tale, it helps us better understand the solution that
someday will be possible."-Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein:
His Life and Universe
"Aaron David Miller presents a candid insight into the Middle East peace process. His storytelling gifts make the pages difficult to resist as he moves from anecdote to analysis, and offers an intimate portrayal of the minds and personalities of the major players. This is an unpredictable and challenging book." --George J. Mitchell "Aaron David Miller shines a floodlight on the workings of America's Middle East policy. He has written the rarest kind of diplomatic history--both knowing and accessible. This is a book peopled by large, historic figures--Arabs, Israelis, and Americans, and Aaron Miller renders them with artistry. He was there as this diplomatic history was made, and he distills it for his readers with honesty and wisdom and no small measure of irreverence. A superb and exquisitely rendered book."--Fouad Ajami, Majid Khadduri Professor of Middle East Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
"In this absorbing volume, as one who participated in numerous high level negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Aaron Miller offers both information and insight to interested and concerned readers."--Elie Wiesel "Illuminating... the value of the book is its rich and colorful history of past negotiations, and Miller's sharp-edged analysis of what went wrong and right. Memo to the secretary of state: The next time you head off to Jerusalem, throw out some of those briefing papers to make room for this book in your briefcase."--Washington Post "Extraordinary.... Miller evinces genuine compassion for both sides in the conflict ... while maintaining a detachment that allows him to draw hard conclusions.... Miller's writing is both approachable and deeply smart."-Publishers Weekly, starred review "Combines memoir with what might be called a primer on diplomacy.... Recommended reading for the next administration, if not this one."-Kirkus Reviews "A book of great significance, owing to its breadth, objectivity, and judgment."--Library Journal, starred review "Insightful.... [Including] a nuanced meditation on the interface between U.S. domestic politics and the situation in the middle East.... A spirited and intimate account."--Foreign Affairs
Expect an inside look from an adviser to six administrations over two decades' worth of Arab-Israeli peace talks. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.