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The Moral Lives of Israelis: Reinventing the Dream State Hardcover – Aug 23 2011

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307356299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307356291
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.8 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #622,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A beautifully written, truly heart-wrenching book…. You may (and you should) read thirty or forty books about the Middle East conflict. Start here.”
The Winnipeg Review

“David Berlin weaves together the personal, intergenerational, cultural, religious and political strands of a complicated story of passion and hope. This book looks at the Israel/Palestine dilemma through a unique lens of personal family history embedded in the ever-changing streams of dreams for the future. It takes you to the heart of personal trauma, then shifts to historical events, as Berlin struggles with genuine possibilities of hope. The Moral Lives of Israelis is a deeply courageous personal story. But more than that, it invites us to take another look at worn-out solutions to this seemingly intractable conflict. It is a wonderful addition to the canon of writings on the Middle East.”
—The Rev. Dr. Bill Phipps, moderator, United Church of Canada, 1997–2000

About the Author

DAVID BERLIN is an Israeli-born journalist and editor who grew up in Canada but returned for a time to live in Israel. He served his military duty in Ariel Sharon's reconnaissance unit, Sayeret Shaked, and took part in Sharon's Suez campaign. After attending medical school at Tel-Aviv University, he graduated from the University of Chicago's program on social and political thought, and taught at several universities. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, the Literary Review of Canada (where he was the editor-in-chief from 1998-2001), the Globe and Mail, the National Post and Haaretz Newspaper, among others. He is a founding editor of the Walrus. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Deborah, a violinist, and their three children.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taken Aback on Oct. 15 2011
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Fascinating look at Israeli values through the memoire of an ex pat with continuing deep connections. The author's personal example tells all--the unflinchingly honest look at himself and his family in historical context. Really amazing to be able to bridge the personal / historical divide in one's own psyche. Unyielding self-scrutiny seems to be a key to the astonishing productivity of the "Sabra" generation-the first generation born in the state of Israel. No better book to get the real inside experience of Israel's moral struggles.
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