"Raab does a riveting job of recounting his harrowing weeks as a hostage when his plane and three others were simultaneously hijacked in 1970."
-- Dr. Henry A. Kissinger
"A unique book. Raab offers both bva first-person account and a historical analysis of what might have been the single most politically significant terrorist event prior to September 11. The 1970 hijackings changed the course of Middle East history. There has never before been such a gripping and thoughtful recounting by the victim of a terrorist attack."
-- Barry Rubin,
co-author of Yasir Arafat: A Political Biography, co-editor of Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East, and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs
"A riveting account--part personal memoir, part first-class diplomatic history--of one of the seminal events of the modern Middle East . For scholars and students of the region, as well as for journalists and policy-makers, this is an essential work."
-- Michael Oren,
bestselling author of Six Days of War and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East , 1776 to the Present.
"Black September is an extensively researched history of the events of September 1970. The author was an eyewitness to one of the four aircraft hijackings which were among the world's more serious early terrorist acts. Hundreds of passengers, including the author, were held hostage on the occasion. This book is replete with testimonisals, interviews, and recently available archived materials researched in Washington , D.C. , London , Jerusalem , and Jordan . It reveals for the first time a number of little known facts surrounding the hijackings, as well as the Soviet role in the subsequent Syrian invasion of Jordan , and Jordanian and Israeli cooperation that contributed to Jordan 's success in the outcome of the war. I personally participated in many events along with the leadership of Jordan and former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, at the time Ambassador to the U.S. I was also in touch with the author's father during his son's captivity. This work is enthusiastically recommended to all who share an interest in the Middle East and some of the origins of today's current encounter with global terrorism."
-- General Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
former Secretary of State
"Retrospectively instructive on the Middle East ...."
-- Publisher's Weekly