The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace
A New York Times
review by Ethan Bronner
called it an "important, voluminous and keenly balanced memoir," though "as important as this work is to history. ... It is overly long and frequently dull." Samuel W. Lewis
reviewed the book for Foreign Affairs
, praised it as "a major contribution to the diplomatic history of the twentieth century" that described the Arab–Israeli negotiations in "exquisite detail", but added that it was not a page-turner.
In The Washington Post
, Glenn Frankel
found the history "an epic and tragic tale" that offered revealing profiles of a multitude of Arab and Israeli leaders. Both exhaustive and exhausting, Frankel stated that the book "sometimes reads like a working manual for diplomats." The Economist
, while also warning that it was not light reading and that it inevitably contained an unhappy ending, concluded that "Mr Ross's [book] is the one for the historians."
published a critical review by Hillel Halkin
remarking, "[i]t is possible not to see the forest for the trees. It is even possible, by seeing only the trees, to forget that the forest exists. This is true of Dennis Ross's The Missing Peace
called the book a "comprehensive and fascinating memoir" but also stated that "The Missing Peace raises serious questions about the soundness of the Israel-first school of which Dennis Ross is a prominent member."
Former professor Norman G. Finkelstein
wrote a rebuttal to The Missing Peace
in the Journal of Palestine Studies
. He stated that "where Ross's allegedly verbatim account of the actual negotiations can be crosschecked, it proves misleading". He also argued that "Israeli needs, in Ross's calculus, systematically trump Palestinian rights" and that Ross engaged in a "wholesale dismissal of Palestinian needs".
- ^ Bronner, Ethan (2004-08-08). "Exhausted Are the Peacemakers". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- ^ Lewis, Samuel W. (September–October 2004). "The Receding Horizon: The Endless Quest for Arab–Israeli Peace". Foreign Affairs. doi:10.2307/20034073. JSTOR 20034073.
- ^ Frankel, Glenn (2004-08-22). "So Close and Yet So Far". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- ^ "Blaming Arafat". The Economist. 372 (8388): 70. 2004-08-12.
- ^ Halkin, Hillel. "The Missing Peace by Dennis Ross". Commentary. September 2004.
- ^ Shlaim, Avi. "The Lost Steps". The Nation. August 30, 2004.
- ^ The Camp David II Negotiations: How Dennis Ross Proved the Palestinians Aborted the Peace Process. By Norman G. Finkelstein. Journal of Palestine Studies. Winter 2007. (Archived at Finkelstein's website).
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