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Assassination in Khartoum /
David A. Korn.
imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1993.
description
xiv, 262 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0253332028 (alk. paper)
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imprint
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1993.
isbn
0253332028 (alk. paper)
general note
"An Institute for the Study of Diplomacy book."
catalogue key
334059
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [254]-256) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-09-27:
In 1973, Palestinian Black September gunmen stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum where two U.S. diplomats and a Belgian colleague were attending a reception and threatened to kill them unless their demands were met. Among their demands were the releases of Sirhan Sirhan, convicted killer of Robert Kennedy, and of Palestinians imprisoned in Jordan and Israel. President Richard Nixon--establishing a policy which remains in effect--refused to negotiate. This dire decision, as Korn reveals, doomed the three captives, set off an internal furor within the State Department and caused the White House to issue preemptive statements defending Nixon against accusations that the policy was a shocking display of indifference to Americans abroad in distress. The Belgian government attempted to ransom with money the release of its diplomat, Guy Eid. Korn, a former Foreign Service officer, presents a tense, compelling, carefully researched account of the abduction, the 59-hour siege of the Saudi embassy, the assassination of the diplomats, the surrender of the gunmen and their unexpected release by the Sudanese government. Korn explores the intriguing theory that Eid was used by Black September to trap Ambassador Cleo Noel and George Moore, deputy chief of mission, and was betrayed by the Palestinians. Korn is the author of Stalemate: The War of Attrition and Great Power Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1967-1970. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Choice on 1994-04:
In March 1973 US Ambassador Cleo A. Noel Jr., and Deputy Chief of Mission George Curtis Moore, together with a Belgian diplomat, Guy Eid, were seized by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September during a reception at the Saudi embassy in Khartoum, Sudan. They were murdered the next day, after the Nixon administration had publicly rejected the terrorists' demands. The assassination alarmed Americans, shook the State Department, and became a subject of bitter recrimination within the Foreign Service for years thereafter. Korn, a former Foreign Service officer, tells the complete story of the affair in all its chilling details: how the plot was hatched and carried out, how the US government tried to save the captured diplomats, how and why it failed, and how it tried and failed to bring the killers to justice. Korn indicts the Nixon administration and its hard-line policies in dealing with terrorists, and argues that such a policy, when maintained, can lead to similar disasters in the future. Korn makes his case vividly, but it should be added that negotiating with terrorists is not necessarily always the best policy, as the Reagan administration's Iran-Contra fiasco attests. An excellent case study. All levels. V. T. Le Vine; Washington University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1993-09-15:
Using declassified documents and personal interviews, Korn, a former Foreign Service officer and author of Stalemate: The War of Attrition and Great Power Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1967-70 ( LJ 6/1/92), chronicles the events surrounding the murders of Cleo A. Noel Jr. and George Curtis Moore, two U.S. diplomats taken hostage in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Khartoum by Black September terrorists in March 1973. The people and events are described in remarkable detail, and the reader is drawn into the history and politics of the Middle East and the U.S. State Department. The book also fills some important gaps in our understanding of the time. Korn's account of diplomatic and intelligence failures and successes will certainly appeal to specialists on Middle Eastern politics and diplomacy, while his description of the development and bungled application of America's ``no negotiation, no compromise'' antiterrorism policy will interest terrorism experts. Informed lay readers will find the character studies of interest.-- William Waugh, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Library Journal, September 1993
Publishers Weekly, September 1993
Kirkus Reviews, October 1993
Choice, April 1994
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Main Description
"Korn has written a fast-pased and absorbing account of the murder of two American diplomats held hostage in the Saudi embassy in Khartoum in 1973." -- Foreign Affairs ..". engrossing... well-crafted... a gripping story of personal courage and tragedy." -- Foreign Service Journal
Main Description
"Korn has written a fast-pased and absorbing account of the murder of two American diplomats held hostage in the Saudi embassy in Khartoum in 1973." -- Foreign Affairs "... engrossing... well-crafted... a gripping story of personal courage and tragedy." -- Foreign Service Journal
Main Description
"Korn has written a fast-pased and absorbing account of the murder of two American diplomats held hostage in the Saudi embassy in Khartoum in 1973." -- Foreign Affairs"... engrossing... well-crafted... a gripping story of personal courage and tragedy." -- Foreign Service Journal
Main Description
"Korn has written a fast-pased and absorbing account of the murder of two American diplomats held hostage in the Saudi embassy in Khartoum in 1973." Foreign Affairs "... engrossing... well-crafted... a gripping story of personal courage and tragedy." Foreign Service Journal

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