5.0 out of 5 stars
A Frightening Firsthand Of The Middle East Conflict, Mar 27 2004
Both a personal memoir and treatise on the Middle Eastern conflict, From Beirut To Jerusalem manages to excel in both areas.
Thomas L. Friedman writes of his years as a reporter in Beirut and Jerusalem (obviously), and the reader walks these streets along with him as he interviews and lives among both leaders and common people. In Beirut, the chaos and lawlessness of daily life is frightening, more scary than any horror novel. In Jerusalem, we see from Friedman's eyes the tension of the Palestinian situation and its effects on both Arabs and Jews.
What struck me the most, and impressed me, was Friedman's evenhandedness in his observations. He was never quick to place blame.
I found this book to be an informative treatise on the situation in the Middle East, the best on the subject I have read.