Truths and Lies in the Middle East

Memoirs of a Veteran Journalist, 1952–2012

Eric Rouleau
Foreword by Alain Gresh
Translated by Martin Makinson

Eric Rouleau was one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, a status he owed to his extraordinary career, which began when Hubert Beuve

English edition
14 May 2019
320 pp.
15X23cm
ISBN 9789774169069
For sale worldwide

$34.95

Eric Rouleau was one of the most celebrated journalists of his generation, a status he owed to his extraordinary career, which began when Hubert Beuve-Méry, director of Le Monde, charged him with covering the Near and Middle East.
In 1963, Rouleau was invited by Gamal Abd al-Nasser to interview him in Cairo, a move which was not lost on the young Rouleau—going through him, a young Egyptian Jew who had been exiled from Egypt in late 1951, shortly before the Free Officers coup, was a means to renew diplomatic ties with de Gaulle’s France. This exclusive interview, which immediately made headlines around the world, propelled Rouleau into the center of the region’s conflicts for two decades.
Writing between Cairo and Jerusalem, Rouleau was a chief witness to the wars of 1967 and 1973, narrating their events from behind the scenes. He was to meet all the major players, including Nasser, Levi Ashkol, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, and Anwar Sadat, painting striking portraits of each. More than a memoir, his book presents a history, lived from the inside, of the Israel–Palestine conflict.

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Eric Rouleau

Eric  Rouleau (born Elie Raffoul, 1926–2015) was a journalist and diplomat born in Cairo. After his forced exile from Egypt in 1951, he began writing for Le Monde in 1955, becoming the newspaper's reporter on the Near and Middle East in the early 1960s. In 1985 he was appointed as France’s ambassador to Tunisia, and from 1988 to 1992 he was ambassador to Turkey. He published interviews with many iconic Middle Eastern leaders throughout his career, as well as four books.

Alain Gresh

Alain  Gresh was born Cairo in 1948. He was editor in chief of Le Monde diplomatique for ten years and is the author of several books on the Israel–Palestine conflict, the Middle East, and Islam. He is the editor of the daily online newspaper OrientXXI.info, which is published in French, Arabic, English, and Farsi.

Martin Makinson

Martin  Makinson is a freelance translator and interpreter.
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