Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

51-zfuobtmlBook #15: Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright

Ill will and hostility between Arabs and Israelis have been pervasive throughout the history of the state of Israel.  The hostilities center around not just Israel’s right to existence but also to the boundaries of Arab, Israeli and Palistianian states.  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter invited Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin to Camp David to broker a peace in the Middle East.  During this 2 week period there were many times where talks were on the verge of failure.  But in the end were able to develop a framework for future discussion.   I thought this was an interesting book as it discussed a major historical event in Middle East politics.  However throughout the book there was a subtle anti-Israeli tone that seemed to undermine the legitimacy of the Israeli position at the accords.

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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS

b00nljkmog-01-lBook #24: The Great War of our Times, Michael Morrell

In the past decade, one of the biggest threats that we have faced as a nation is terrorism as perpetrated by Al Qa’ida and now ISIS.  During this fight, the CIA has played an important part both in gathering of intelligence but also in commitment of human resources to the fight.  In this book, Michael Morrell describes his career at CIA from his time as daily briefer of President George W. Bush to his retirement as deputy director of CIA.  He discusses the CIA perspective of events such as 9/11, Bengazhi, Snowden and other world events.  He provides an interesting history of Al Qa’ida and issues a warning about threat posed by ISIS.  This is an interesting book for anyone interested in current events and foreign policy as it pertains to the United State’s interests in the middle east.

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World Order

b00inixvmk-01-lBook #10: World Order, Henry Kissinger

Where did ISIS come from?  What are Russia’s intentions in the Baltic states?  Is Iran on the path to nuclear weapons?  What is the role of the United States in the world?
With all that is going on around the world it is important to have a understanding of world order.  But in order to accurately understand today’s work, it is necessary to have an understanding of where we have been?  In this book, Henry Kissinger (American Diplomat, Former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State) explains the history of the various world powers in the context of the various philosophies of world order.  It is a fascinating read for anyone interested in foreign policy and world politics.

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