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F.D.R. Meets Ibn Saud

by Eddy William

A peerless presentation specimen, with secret information regarding the 1945 Middle East Conference and the negotiations concerning resettlement of Jewish refugees in a modern State of Israel; censored or excised from public records, some of the information wouldn't be released for decades. Given to Harry Kern in May 1955, William Eddy signed the half title page and signed the title page below his presentation; "for Harry Kern from his fellow - pilgrim to Riyadh". Two months before receiving Eddy's gift, Newsweek published Kern's report, "Inside Saudi Arabia" (March 7, 1955), for which he had traveled to Riyadh as a guest of state of King Saud. In their heyday, Eddy and Kern were legendary within their spheres, associated through backdoor access to the House of Saud and a shared belief the United States and Saudi Arabia should be far closer allies. At the time of presentation, both were CIA assets, and their counsel sought regarding oil concessions in the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia and international distribution. FORMAT: Publisher's sewn green cloth boards with gilt letters. AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE MIDDLE EAST (the publisher): "an organization of private American citizens concerned with promoting good relations between the U.S. and the Arab world", founded in 1951, they were in part funded by the CIA, a covert arrangement initiated by Allen Dulles as CIA Director of Plans. Eddy was on AFME's National Council and correspondence between Eddy and Elmo Hutchison documents the involvement of Aramco, as well, in funding and management of AFME. The CIA's involvement was made public in 1967, Aramco's involvement in 2009. [Wilford, Friends of Princeton Library Newsletter] ATTACHED ADDITIONS: 1) A letter documenting the passing of secret information from Eddy to Kern, including some of the manuscript pages that Eddy couldn't publish. In like confidence, the letter also provides an excerpt from a privileged conversation between Ibn Saud and Eddy after the Middle East Conference, regarding negotiations between the King and the President on resettlement of Jewish refugees in a homeland. If reported by Eddy, the excerpt would have been classified. 2) The cited manuscript pages with two anecdotes Eddy wished to include that were sanitized for national security reasons regarding controversial content, one page with heading, "Not to be shown to any Arab". 3) A secret memorandum, Secret-17G-MONO, a now notorious excerpt from the minutes of the after dinner conversation between Stalin, Churchill and FDR on February 10, 1945 at the close of the Yalta Conference, regarding negotiations on the resettlement of Jewish refugees. Only a few examples were printed and possibly this is the sole specimen of Secret-17G-MONO that has ever been offered for sale. Outside of U.S. Government Archives, there is one known copy, (Edward Stettinius, Jr. Papers, University of Virginia), and the Yalta Conference minutes (including Secret 17G) are in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library. When a version of the Yalta memorandum was released March 17, 1955, it featured a prominent excerpt from the discussion on Jewish refugees, "Stalin said that the Jewish problem was a very difficult one", etc., but the second part of Secret-17G-MONO was expunged (as identified by penciled bracket and x in margin). On May 22, 1955, U.S. News and World Report became the only contemporary U.S. publication to publish a report, declaring the released memorandum had been censored and providing the controversial quote. After harsh denials by the State Department, the story was disbelieved. BACKGROUND: Much of Eddy's motivation for writing stemmed from his belief that U.S. foreign policy with Arab countries was misconceived. He voiced a concern (shared by others) that if the U.S. recognized Israel, American oil companies would lose drilling concessions in the Persian Gulf. [Sanders, United States and Arab Nationalism, p. 9] In Oct. 1947, in protest over President Truman's then secret decision to recognize the State of Israel, he quit the State Department. At the time of writing, Eddy was a consultant to Aramco (Arabian American Oil Company) and Tapline (Trans Arabian Pipeline Company), a subsidiary. He joined Aramco in 1947 as head of their intelligence division and was assigned to Tapline after his heart attack in 1952 In the epilogue, in the context of the Cold War, he appeals for a different foreign policy; "there remains a vast tract of land from Morocco to Pakistan and Afghanistan containing several hundred million people, vast resources of manpower, food and oil, and the strategic bases and the warm water ports which would be indispensable to us in a third world war. Yet, since 1945, little has been accomplished officially to bind the Muslims to us while a great deal has been done to alienate them." [pp. 42-43] PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, 45 pages, (1) page, with 2 captioned b/w photos. SIZE: 233 x 155 mm (9.17 x 6.1 inches). CONDITION: Pages: clean, paper clip impress at top of half-title page and title page. / Boards: rubs, slight tip and edge wear, upper side with ding near top corner, spine with crown wear including slight los,s and foot wear including a fray. / Gilt Letters: sides bright: spine dulled. / Binding: solid and reliable, spine back slightly loosened. // Ephemera: Good: MS. Pages: clean, except one sheet slightly soiled in a margin. / Letter: one staple reinforced with tape, filing note by second staple, trace wear near bottom edge. / Secret Memo: Acceptable: penciled bracket & x in margin identify censored part; edgewear, some soiling, pen mark after final period, margins with paper clip impress. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND IMAGES: please request.

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  • F.D.R. Meets Ibn Saud by Eddy William
  • Bookseller: Steven Waldman US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 00510
  • Title: F.D.R. Meets Ibn Saud
  • Author: Eddy William
  • Book condition: Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: American Friends of the Middle East, New York, Kohinur Series Number One
  • Date published: 1954
  • Subjects: HISTORY / Middle East / General;

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