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By Michael B. Oren

Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Michael B. Oren’s memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United States—a interval of transformative swap for the United States and a time of violent upheaval through the center East—provides a frank, attention-grabbing glance contained in the distinctive dating among the USA and its closest best friend within the region.

Michael Oren served because the Israeli ambassador to the USA from 2009 to 2013. An American through delivery and a historian through education, Oren arrived at his diplomatic submit simply as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed place of work. in the course of Oren’s tenure in workplace, Israel and the USA grappled with the Palestinian peace approach, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed by way of overseas terrorism and the Iranian nuclear application. solid within the Truman management, America’s alliance with Israel was once subjected to huge, immense lines, and its destiny was once puzzled by way of commentators in either international locations. On a couple of social gathering, the friendship’s very cloth appeared with reference to unraveling.

Ally is the tale of that enduring alliance—and of its divides—written from the viewpoint of a guy who treasures his American identification whereas proudly serving the Jewish country he has come to name domestic. not anyone might have been larger fitted to advance bridges among the U.S. and Israel than Michael Oren—a guy both at domestic leaping out of a aircraft as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing heart East heritage on TV’s Sunday morning political exhibits. within the pages of this fast moving e-book, Oren interweaves the tale of his own trip with behind-the-scenes debts of fateful conferences among President Obama and leading Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the talk surrounding the world’s such a lot contested strip of land.

A quintessentially American tale of a tender guy who refused to relinquish a dream—irrespective of the obstacles—and an inherently Israeli tale approximately assuming laborious duties, best friend is instantly a list, a chronicle, and a confession. And it's a tale approximately love—about somebody lucky adequate to like nations and to symbolize one to the opposite. yet, exceptionally, this memoir is a testomony to an alliance that used to be and may stay important for americans, Israelis, and the world.

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“Michael Oren goes to be the controversy of Washington and Jerusalem. . . . I’m unsure that during the annals of diplomatic heritage there’s ever been whatever particularly like this striking account of Oren’s 4 years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an final insider’s tale advised whereas the entire gamers retailer Oren are nonetheless in place.”—New York put up

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