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Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace
Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace
By Kenneth W. Stein
Routledge, 1999, 352 pp

Weaving together an impressive number of interviews with policymakers at the time (Americans, Egyptians, Israelis, Jordanians, and Syrians) with relevant memoirs, monographs, articles, and official documents, Stein has produced a fine study of that period of intense negotiations from the October 1973 Arab-Israeli war to the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. A chapter reviewing the years from 1947 to 1973 and a final chapter, "From Jerusalem to Oslo and Beyond, 1979-1998," set the 1973-79 period in its larger historical context. He also appraises the personality and diplomatic style of the principal participants, warts and all. Stein's impressive reconstruction of what the many different policymakers thought at the time and how they acted is all the more persuasive (and useful) because he scrupulously cites his sources, rejecting narrator omniscience.