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2.0 out of 5 stars
Disapointing, 3 Oct 2008
I bought this book to give a foundation to my understanding of the conflict so i could go on to some more serious reading. The title and blurb would suggest this was the book for me, but alas it is a tedious and frustrating read.
The book is made into a question and answer format, a headlining question with an answer that never goes beyond 3 pages, often less. While this would seem like a more instant and faster way of acquiring knowledge, in practice that isn't the case.
This isn't helped by the fact the book doesn't appear to stick to any kind of narrative construct, such as sequencing the question answer format into chronological relevance. Which ultimately leads to confusing the hell out of you! There is some idol attempt at making it appear this way by cutting the book into 4 or 5 seemingly structured parts, but it's an illusion.
Because of its idiotic resistance to chronology and all its bunny hopping backwards and forwards in time the book ends up covering the same ground occasionally, often using what appear to be the exact same sentences in response to familiar questions.
The book is under 200 short pages long (the physical format of the book design probably makes it briefer still, those 190 something pages are all short and narrow in design), it shouldn't take long to get through, but it's confusing format and it's misguided questions followed by all too short answers makes it difficult to sit with for long periods of time.
I really can't stress enough how bad this book is at doing it's job, especially with the chronology, Why oh why didn't they put it in to some kind of time line? I wouldn't mind, but often the questions in any given section rarely even follow in relevance.
It's also worth mentioning the book hardly gives the neutral perspective I'd hoped for. But to be honest i don't hold it against them, based on what I've been reading (not just in this book) Israel's actions seem like a difficult thing to defend rationally.
I did gain some understanding from the book so it gets two stars instead of one, but it was needlessly difficult to get through, given it was such a short and lay book.