Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land MP3 CD – Oct 1 2007
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The correspondent for The New York Times in Jerusalem from 1979 to 1984, David K. Shipler brings a very American moral commitment to the problem of Arab-Jewish relations. The occupation of the West Bank was by then a static fact of life; many young Israelis and Palestinians had grown up knowing no other reality. The Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the massacres of Palestinians by Lebanese militiamen at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, which were under Israeli control, had shaken the consciences of many American Jews. Many of the voices in this book are American, from idealistic young secular Jews working for Arab-Jewish cooperation to the more fanatical followers of Meir Kahane. This work, which won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, gives Shipler's narrative the power of a terrible family argument. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The Jew, in the Arab stereotype, is a brutal, violent coward; the Arab, to the prejudiced Jew, is a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. There is remarkable symmetry in these images, as Shipler (Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams points out in this hefty mixture of reportage, personal histories, interviews and scholarship. An act of courage and clarity, the book is an important contribution to the literature on the Middle East. The New York Times correspondent shows how Israeli Jews deny the reality that Palestinian Arabs are victims of forcible displacement and expulsion from what was once their homeland; he describes how a "synthetic Israeli history" is taught to Jewish schoolchildren, while Palestinian boys and girls in the refugee camps are taught militant rhetoric and hatred. Shipler explores the corrosive effects of terrorism by both sides, the zeal of Islamic fundamentalists, as well as that of Israeli ultraconservatives. BOMC and History Book Club alternates; first serial to the New York Times Magazine.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A must read for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the deep division that exists between the arabs and jews. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2006 by Coach C
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. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2001
Some of the people who reviewed this book were mistaken. Shipler gives a fair and accurate portrayal of life in the most volitile place on Earth. Read morePublished on July 10 2000 by DJF
Having visited in the home of a Palestinian on a trip to Israel a few years ago, I thought I was well aware of the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. The book is a real eye-opener. Read morePublished on Dec 14 1999 by Jimmy Holmes
This book is amazing. I can hardly praise it enough. It tells the story of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict from both sides, usually through stories and personal interviews. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 1999
The author has great experiences and he writes them down in a way that is some what hard to understand if you have not been there yourself. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 1999