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Egypt's Road to Jerusalem:: A Diplomat's…

Egypt's Road to Jerusalem:: A Diplomat's Story of the Struggle for Peace…

by Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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Most people remember Boutros Boutros-Ghali as the former secretary general of the United Nations whose conflicts with the Clinton administration cost him a second term in office. Before his service with the U.N., however, Boutros-Ghali was minister of state for foreign affairs to Anwar Sadat during Sadat's daring rapprochement with Israel; Boutros-Ghali even accompanied the Egyptian president on his historic first trip to Jerusalem in 1977. Egypt's Road to Jerusalem is one man's account of the Arab-Israeli peace accords from the Arab perspective. Boutros-Ghali bases the book on the diaries he kept at the time, and though his chronicle suffers from the repetitions and trivia inherent to all private journals, the benefits of his eyewitness account far outweigh these minor irritations.

Boutros-Ghali takes the reader along the rocky diplomatic road toward peace, from Sadat's sudden trip to Jerusalem up through the landmark Camp David agreements three years later. In between are portraits of the main players in this international drama--a mercurial Moshe Dayan, a relentless Jimmy Carter--as well as verbal snapshots of other encounters Boutros-Ghali had with such world leaders as Tito, Castro, and Idi Amin. What makes Egypt's Road to Jerusalem so satisifying is the author's reflections on the people he has met and the issues with which he has grappled; what makes it important reading is the unusual perspective--for many Americans, at least--of the Arab-Israeli conflict as seen through an Arab's eyes.

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