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5.0 out of 5 stars
a wonderful human introduction to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, 31 Oct. 2010
I have read many books about Palestine/ Israel and am frequently asked by friends for a book that would give them an introduction to this very complex conflict. It is a question I have always found difficult to answer with one book, so instead I end up sending a list of books from authors who usually are providing a perspective from one or the other side along with a few books from journalists who have covered the conflict to give historical sequence and perspective. I have always found that the best way to engage with a topic is through the people, but there really have been no books that present the humanity of both sides and the lemon tree succeeds at this. Sandy Tolan also did an incredible job juggling the terminology and historical references in a way that respects the different experiences that the two peoples have had with the same experience and/ or geographic location. Its a deeply moving and important book.