Master of the Game: Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

Written by:
Martin Indyk
Narrated by:
Simon Vance

Unabridged Audiobook

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October 2021
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A perceptive and provocative history of Henry Kissinger's diplomatic negotiations in the Middle East that illuminates the unique challenges and barriers Kissinger and his successors have faced in their attempts to broker peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
 
“A wealth of lessons for today, not only about the challenges in that region but also about the art of diplomacy . . . the drama, dazzling maneuvers, and grand strategic vision.”—Walter Isaacson, author of The Code Breaker        


More than twenty years have elapsed since the United States last brokered a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In that time, three presidents have tried and failed. Martin Indyk—a former United States ambassador to Israel and special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2013—has experienced these political frustrations and disappointments firsthand.
 
Now, in an attempt to understand the arc of American diplomatic influence in the Middle East, he returns to the origins of American-led peace efforts and to the man who created the Middle East peace process—Henry Kissinger. Based on newly available documents from American and Israeli archives, extensive interviews with Kissinger, and Indyk's own interactions with some of the main players, the author takes readers inside the negotiations. Here is a roster of larger-than-life characters—Anwar Sadat, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Hafez al-Assad, and Kissinger himself.
 
Indyk's account is both that of a historian poring over the records of these events, as well as an inside player seeking to glean lessons for Middle East peacemaking. He makes clear that understanding Kissinger's design for Middle East peacemaking is key to comprehending how to—and how not to—make peace.
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Stephen R.

What is not to love about this book? Kissinger is a one off. Indyk was deeply engaged in the Kissinger world. Several decades have elapsed to give time for reflection. I loved the personal and the personnel details that wash through the telling. The frustrating fluid complexity kept me engaged throughout. Of the many surprises Gerald Ford was the main one. I had some how reduced his his whole bio to "Pardoned Nixon". I am thankful to Indyk for his focus on just the Middle East. I loved it. I thought the narrator was delightful. He has mastered the art of a quiet verbal raised eyebrow at appropriate moments.

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