Zalman Shoval is an Israeli politician and diplomat who served as Israel's ambassador to the United States during the George H. W. Bush presidency and, later, during the Clinton administration. He resides in Tel Aviv and regularly visits the United States.
[An] inside recounting of past Israeli-Arab peace negotiations by Zalman Shoval, one of Israel's leading politicians and diplomats. Ambassador Shoval had served in the Israeli Foreign Ministry during the negotiations that led to the 1978 Camp David Agreement, and as Israel's ambassador to the United States during critical periods in 1990 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 2000. . . . In this gripping memoir, many fascinating details and anecdotes about Israeli politics and diplomacy abound, making it an indispensable account for those interested in the Middle East and the issues that continue to challenge it. * Washington Times * In the various functions he fulfilled, Ambassador Shoval made many important contributions to the State of Israel, and especially as Israel's Ambassador to Washington. There are not many people who have carried out this important and critical position as successfully as he did; actually, in my view nobody has. -- Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel Ambassador Shoval, with whom I worked closely during his first tour as ambassador to the United States, has written a true insider's account of seminal events in US-Israel relations. The English edition of his memoirs is essential reading for scholars, diplomats, and all who seek to understand America's critical role, past and future, in the Middle East. -- General (Ret.) Brent Scowcroft No mere witness to history, Zalman Shoval was at times a craftsman and at others an architect in US-Israel relations. This book charts both the impetus for and the consequence of leadership at critical times in our shared history. -- John Hamre, President of the Center for Strategic & International Studies and former Deputy Secretary of Defense