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The King's Game in the Middle East


144 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (CA $19.95) (US $14.95)

Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9781735853505

Rights: WOR

Notable Kids Publishing (Nov 2020)
Notable Publishing

Price: $14.95


“Checkmate” is a comprehensive look into the current Middle Eastern political and strategic reality which views the region as a giant chessboard to better understand the relationship between the players. This is a region of the world where emotions, passions and cultural heritage have played the protagonists' roles. Considering historical implications, memories both physical and emotional, and the unfortunate consequences of cultural displacements, this essay explores the effects on social identities, which may result in prolonged strife and conflict. This work of non-fiction is a collection of personal observations and experiences placed in the context of historical events. It focuses on the Middle East, but the concept could be applied to any area of the world.


"The Middle East is indeed a complex environment. Military operations might still be pervasive in that part of the world, yet their efficacy is limited when dealing with ideology and identity. Gennaro has used real life experiences, and a Mediterranean grasp of history to create a very entertaining book. Highly recommended." —Giuseppe Santomartino, Major General Italian Army (Ret.), former Defense Attache' in Iraq, Jordan, and Italian Armed Forces Senior National Representative at USCENTCOM. Author of "Understanding and Countering Jihadism – Interpretations, Ideologies, Doctrines, Strategies, and its Theorists" (Italian Version)

Author Biography

Gennaro Buonocore is a senior international banking and capital markets specialist and a professor of Comparative National Security Analysis. He is a graduate of the European Business School London, received his Masters of Finance from Webster University School of Business and Technology and a Dottorato in Economia e Mercati from the Universita' di Roma III. He has served as a military police officer in the Italian Polizia di Stato and as a reserve Civil Affairs officer in the Corpo Militare della Croce Rossa Italiana. He currently serves as a reserve Foreign Area Officer in the United States