An account of the recent history of the conflicts in the Middle East, this book aims to give fuller understanding of the political causes and psychological effects of the troubles which have beset this region.An account of the recent history of the conflicts in the Middle East, this book aims to give fuller understanding of the political causes and psychological effects of the troubles which have beset this region.Read Less
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The author of the book, an American Jewish journalist, receives an assignment in Beirut. His life there takes is surrounded by violence which he graphically describes. He details the different political and religious factions which is new if there reader is not familiar with the middle east. Later his employers move him to Jerusalm., a place where I have been, and would consider a much longer visit. The author is very objective in explaining the problems in Israel from all viewpoints. The book was written 20 years ago. Even though the problems over there have not changed, historically the world has. This book is very long, detailed, and not an easy read. There are very violent descriptions. The book contains some excellent historical information.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-07-10 First published in 1989, Friedman's National Book Award-winning study of the Middle East is brought up-to-date with a new chapter examining critical events in 1995. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1990-07-06 ``Friedman, who twice garnered the Pulitzer as a New York Times correspondent in Lebanon and Israel, further delineates the two countries in this provocative, absorbing memoir cum political and social analysis,'' commented PW. The work won the National Book Award. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1989-06-02 Friedman, who twice garnered the Pulitzer as a New York Times correspondent in Lebanon and Israel, further delineates the two countries in this provocative, absorbing memoir cum political and social analysis. A condensed, incisive history of the Middle East is proffered, as well as personal reflections on his 10-year sojourn: the issue of Friedman's Jewishness in Beirut, the fact that he was the Times 's first Jewish reporter in Israel, the bombing of his apartment in Beirut by the PLO, which took the lives of his Lebanese news assistant's children. A top-flight observer and interpreter, the author elucidates the complex religious factions obstructing Lebanese and Israeli politics; the agendas of various posturing, media-loving Arab and Israeli leaders; the perversity of daily life in ``Wild West Beirut''; the wanton murder in Lebanon of U.S. marines and Palestinian refugees; America's fascination with Israel; the waning romance between Israeli and American Jews; and the Palestinian intifada. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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