From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine Paperback – Apr 1993
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"...will change the mind of our generation. If understood, it could also affect the history of the future." -- New Republic
"A remarkable document in itself. . . . The refugees are not the problem but the excuse." -- Washington Post Book World
"Contains much valuable information...deserving the attention of anyone seriously concerned with the Palestinian problem." -- S.D. Goitein, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
"This book is a historical event in itself..." -- Barbara Tuchman
About the Author
Joan Peters has written and lectured widely on the Middle East, Central America, and the Soviet Union. She has contributed to Harper's, Commentary, The New Republic, The New Leader, and other periodicals, and has served as White House consultant on the Middle East.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although thorough to a fault, the book is far from a chore to read. It's as hard to put down as some good novels, actually. And for those seeking more, the lengthy footnotes and bibliography provide an enormous wealth of resources.
Truly, you don't know enough about the conflict, which rages to this day, until you've read this book. It's that essential.
Her work has some flaws, to be sure, but nearly every book on this subject that attempts thoughtful analysis is going to suffer to some extent from the author's personal bias. What is remarkable is that she started the book very clearly on one side of the issue and, after her research, she had come a full 180 degrees to the opposite perspective.
I rate it highly because it asks questions no one seems to be addressing and points out facts and observations that no one seems to be talking about....
Everyone interested in finding out the history of this conflict shoud read this book - regardless of ideology and stance.
Another interesting read is A travel guide to Palestine and Syria, published in 1906 by Karl Baedeker. This book illustrates such truths as that even when the Islamic Ottoman Empire ruled the region, the Muslim population in the city of Jerusalem was minimal. Many of the facts that we get today have been greatly distorted and works such as these, especially the 1906 book outline quite clearly the statistics of that era and how we can interpret these facts and figures to be relevant in todays Mideast conflict.
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This hoax of a rag was exposed for what it is (trash-bag full of lies) a long time ago. No self-respecting, rational, honest person will stoop low enough to endorse it...Published 11 days ago by RePainted Bird
Clearly written. Well referenced. A must read for anyone trying to navigate the mistruths in Middle East politics.Published 4 months ago by Paulette Volgyesi
The book "From time Immemorial" by Joan Peters is a very insight evalation of the Middle East conflict. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2012 by Sidney Zeldenrust
This well-documented book is an eye-opener for anyone who is only familiar with the second half of the 20th century of Middle East conflict history. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2011 by handsome
many details normally unknown to most who argue their views in the ME conflict. a lot to learn and to understand about Israel's history and past demography.Published on April 27 2011 by Noki Lavie
A sustained effort has been made to discredit this revealing work, by the usual suspects. But the criticism cannot disprove the facts or substance of the central thesis of the... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2009 by Peter Uys
Ce livre est truffé de citations et de faits hors de leurs contextes que Norman Finkelstein a scrupuleusement décortiqué en détail dans un chapitre de... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2007 by Kiwi
Every effort has been made to discredit this book, by the usual suspects. But the criticism does not disprove the substance of the central thesis of the book. Read morePublished on July 16 2006 by Peter Uys
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