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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Oct. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786192038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786192038
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sai Li on Oct. 24 2001
Format: Paperback
If you want to read a book about the Arab-Israeli conflict in order reinforce your position, this is not the one. This book offers no solutions nor presents any new arguments. In fact, its poignant depiction of suffering on both sides will make you question any prior views you've held, and that's a very difficult choice for some people to make. The prose is almost hypnotic, transcending the dryness of most non-fiction books. There hasn't been a book like Shipler's Arab and Jew in the last fifteen years. This book was written before the first intifadah, so some of the statistics are out of date, and rhetoric has intensified. I only wish Shipler could update this great work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinney on June 18 2001
Format: Paperback
Great book. If there were a way to give this book 4 and a half stars, I would have rated it such. Shipler's book manages to give a face to both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict without taking sides. Never before has there been such a need for people to be exposed to the intricacies behind both sides of the Middle East conflict. If you are interested in the historical facts that have led up to the Promised Land's current state of volatility, there are probably better books to go to. However, if you want to hear from the inside what the Palestinian experience is like living in occupied West Bank, Golan Heights, and Gaza Strip and their viewpoint of Israelis, no book can do it better. Also, what stands out above the fray of literature on this subject, is the continual reaching out of individuals and individual groups' to reconcile their differences and the points of hope and points of futility that result from these attempts. If you are looking for something black and white that will give you a clear conclusion on what is to be done in the middle east Pandora's Box that is modern day Israel, this book will not give it to you. What it will give you is an epiphany as to just how complex the human dimension is between the Jews and Arabs and how there really is no clear solution to the conflict as long as things remain status quo. It is not a hopeful book, but a deeply revealing one. Don't hesitate to buy this book if you are interested in the human dimension in modern day Israel and Palestine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LuelCanyon on Sept. 30 2000
Format: Paperback
David Shipler's journalistic skills are enormous; the book is assembled nearly perfectly, with balance, insight, and compassion. I've read it through twice, and have never found another book that comes close in terms of presenting the truth of the Middle East conflict. For American readers, the greatest service this book offers is an uncompromisingly fair, even wise, portrayal of the Palestinian side of the conflict in this region, if only because of America's historically pro-Israel policies; policies, incidentally, which have not always concerned themselves with truth. Because of that act of journalistic justice, the peculiarly touching aspect of Israel's unavoidable internal sorrow at her predicament becomes, perhaps for the first time, something understandable and noble. It is an easy thing to take sides in a situation such as one finds in the Middle East; it is not so easy to patiently explore the myriad strands of time and fate that weave through both sides of such an 'unsolvable' conflict. This book goes a long way toward making an attempt to do just that. This is a clear-headed book 'spoken' by the very people involved; it is wise and engaging, and full of David Shipler's heart. It is no wonder that it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Highest recommendation!
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By Coach C TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 30 2006
Format: Paperback
A must read for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the deep division that exists between the arabs and jews. Shipler goes beyond the current crisis to explain the biblical context in which the roots of the hatred were seeded.

The stereotypes that each side sees of one another are explored and analyzed. Historical events from the holocaust, immigration, isreali occupation, intifada, six-day war are all discussed in great detail.

Overall, Shipler's book is comprehensive and the Pulitzer Prize is well deserving.
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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2001
Format: Paperback
As someone who is neither Arab nor Jew and who has lived in Israel for a few years, I can say that this book pretty much mirrors my experiences. If you want an objective view (which is pretty hard to get in mainstream media these days) this book is a must read. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand more about what the real situation is like in Israel.
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Format: Paperback
This book is a well-written and relatively balanced account of the social forces that are hindering peace in Israel and the occupied territories. It is very thorough and you will certainly learn a lot about social life there that you never knew (even Israeli citizens may learn some surprising things about their country).
My only gripe about the book is that the author treats many behaviors and prejudices as being the root of the problem -- while those prejudices may simply be the result of the geopolitical strife in the area. Specifically, Shipler's solutions to the problems of hatred and prejudice don't contain any suggestions for long-term political fixes. Consequently, all of the individual efforts to eradicate hatred and prejudice that he highlights tend to get buried by larger forces. I know that Shipler was striving to maintain neutrality with a very controversial subject, but I would have liked at least an overview of the potential fixes and how they would fit into the social landscape that he sees.
This is a balanced, albeit incomplete, analysis of the relationship between Arabs and Jews in the Middle East.
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