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"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.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
There have been any number of books that have worked hard at interpreting the melange called the Middle East. This one, however, makes a difference because it's so well written and captures the psychological mannerisms of the people of Lebanon and Israel--the first step to understanding some of the mysterious "why" that seems to elude the American public and government. Friedman's credentials are impressive: he spent six years of journalistic service for the New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem, has won two Pulitzer prizes, and is now the Times 's chief diplomatic correspondent. His writing is vastly descriptive, incredibly illuminating, very educational, and marvelously persuasive. His advice to U.S. diplomats is that since "Middle East diplomacy is a contact sport," they must bargain as grocers, or, in other words, realize that everything has a price and the sale can always be made with enough hard work. This title is highly recommended for all libraries. See also Sandra Mackey's Lebanon: Death of a Nation , reviewed below.
- Ed. -- David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
i'm writing this at 6 a.m., so my brain is not fully awake. nevertheless, i could not pass up the opportunity to say how much i enjoyed this book, which, apart from everything... Read morePublished 12 months ago by salsa bandit
A must for anyone who wants to attempt to understand an area that is not easily understood. Friedman's firsthand experiences are exceptionally readable, and insightful. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Siggysan
everybody should read this book. Is so interesting ( even wrote by a Jude ) and the writer knows what is taking about. His point of view, his way to describe, very cleaver. Read morePublished on July 4 2013 by Diego
Most thorough description of the ongoing battle and confusion in the middle east - I learned the struggle that has been going on for centuries is still there. Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2013 by Linda Stokes
No matter how "exciting" this book may be to read (and not to base our opinions upon), just like Hollywood's Rambo, where Stalone knows everything about his enemy and... Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by John Reed
I know this is a popular book. When I lecture on the Middle East, everyone seems to have read it. There are some good parts -- such as the author's description of his personal... Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Arnold Irving
An interesting chronology and analysis of a journalist's decade long stay in Lebanon and Jerusalem. I learned a lot about the two countries and the issues that divide them. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs