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Adopted in courses at:
Cornell University, George Mason University, New York University, Union College, Unviersity of Virginia, and Wofford College.
“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
For nearly twenty years, Aaron David Miller has played a central role in U.S. efforts to broker Arab-Israeli peace. His position as an advisor to presidents, secretaries of state, and national security advisors has given him a unique perspective on problems that American leaders have wrestled with for more than half a century: Why has the world’s greatest superpower failed to broker, or impose, a solution in the Middle East? If a solution is possible, what would it take? Is Israel/Palestine really the “much too promised land”?
As a historian, analyst, and negotiator, perhaps no one is more qualified to answer these questions than Miller. In The Much Too Promised Land, he offers an insider’s view of the peace process from a place at the negotiating table, complete with unforgettable stories and colorful behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Also included are new interviews with all the key players, including Presidents Carter, Ford, Bush forty-one, all nine U.S. secretaries of state, as well Arab and Israeli leaders, who disclose the inner thoughts and strategies that motivated them. The result is a book that shatters all preconceived notions to tackle the complicated issues of culture, religion, domestic politics, and national security that have defined--and often derailed--a half century of diplomacy.
This insightful first-person account offers a brilliant new analysis of the problem of Arab-Israeli peace and how, against all odds, it still might be solved.
Praise for The Much Too Promised Land...
“…[The Much Too Promised Land] richly includes anecdotes from [Miller’s] 20 years of government service as Middle East advisor to six secretaries of state. Now a scholar as a Middle East advisor to six secretaries of state. Now a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Miller provides an insider account of U.S. policy-making toward the Arab-Israeli conflict that is blunt and even self-critical. Rather than writing in policy-speak for Washington policymakers, Miller opens a new window into the fascinating process and real-life struggles of fashioning a U.S. role as an honest broker in this conflict.…[A] sound critique of U.S. policy buttressed by poignant personal experiences that make unambiguously clear the daunting character of grappling with this conflict on a policy level.”
—International Journal on World Peace
"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."
“Combines memoir with what might be called a primer on diplomacy…. Recommended reading for the next administration, if not this one.”
"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."
"In this timely volume, Aaron David Miller sets out to explain why America occasionally succeeded and more frequently failed in its attempts to bring about an Arab-Israeli peace. Miller is especially qualified to review, analyze, and evaluate the diverse approaches of recent administrations to Middle East peacemaking....Whoever enters the White House next January ought to read this book carefully in . order to draw important lessons from both past failures and successes of American peace-making efforts in the Middle East, He would do well to heed Miller's call for a more active and balanced American approach and his warning to avoid two futile extremes: diplomatic disengagement and the pursuit of comprehensive solutions. He should also be persuaded by Miller's reminder that there are two modest goals that the United States ought to pursue: a framework that articulates principles for resolving the issues of Jerusalem, borders and refugees, and a concurrent effort to end violence and Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank."
—Middle East Policy