• by Michael B. Oren
  • Narrated by Michael B. Oren
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Michael B. Oren's memoir of his time as Israel's ambassador to the United States - a period of transformative change for America and a time of violent upheaval throughout the Middle East - provides a frank, fascinating look inside the special relationship between America and its closest ally in the region.
Michael Oren served as the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. An American by birth and a historian by training, Oren arrived at his diplomatic post just as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed office. During Oren's tenure in office, Israel and America grappled with the Palestinian peace process, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed by international terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program. Forged in the Truman administration, America's alliance with Israel was subjected to enormous strains, and its future was questioned by commentators in both countries. On more than one occasion, the friendship's very fabric seemed close to unraveling.
Ally is the story of that enduring alliance - and of its divides - written from the perspective of a man who treasures his American identity while proudly serving the Jewish State he has come to call home. No one could have been better suited to strengthen bridges between the United States and Israel than Michael Oren - a man equally at home jumping out of a plane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing Middle East history on TV's Sunday morning political shows. In this fast-paced book, Oren interweaves the story of his personal journey with behind-the-scenes accounts of fateful meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the controversy surrounding the world's most contested strip of land.


What the Critics Say

"Michael Oren is going to be the talk of Washington and Jerusalem.... I'm not sure that in the annals of diplomatic history there's ever been anything quite like this astonishing account of Oren's four years as Israel's ambassador in Washington. It's an ultimate insider's story told while all the players save Oren are still in place." (New York Post)


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Worth Listening To Whether You Agree or Disagree

As a native born American and a naturalized Israeli citizen Mr. Oren is in a unique position to explain Israel to the U.S. and to explain the U.S. to Israel. He is an excellent narrator and I feel I learned a lot about what it is like to serve as Ambassador to the United States. What also comes through loud and clear is how important the ties are between Israel and the United States. I enjoyed the audiobook very much and recommend it to anyone who cares about the relationship between the United States and Israel.
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- David Enzel

Lucid narrative of an articulate man

The reading by the author is engrossing so that I could not put it aside until finished. He was there for many of the events of both Israel and U.S. Interactions that I felt like a participant. His vantage gave his views high credibility. I was surprised by his reports of NY Times bias in reporting. I assumed the NYT was uncritically supportive of Israel.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-23-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio