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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction
A good beginners' introduction to the Palestine-Israel conflict - covers all the major events and examines historical evidence to find a root cause. Reasonable objective (which is hard given the topic). As an undergrad studying a module in this topic I found it a useful starting point for my studies at the beginning of the year, and now as a reference for brief...
Published on 18 Nov. 2009 by Sunshine smile

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3.0 out of 5 stars Only good as a starting point
The author begins by laying out his method and reasons for writing the book and it sounds realy promising. He explains that the conflict isn't like a sporting event where you pick a side and route for them; also that being non-biased doesn't mean that you have to counter every story with an equally bad story from the other side; and that the story really isn't that...
Published on 25 Jun. 2009 by Brendan T. Mckenna


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only good as a starting point, 25 Jun. 2009
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Brendan T. Mckenna "Brenox" (Dublin, ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, Second Edition (Paperback)
The author begins by laying out his method and reasons for writing the book and it sounds realy promising. He explains that the conflict isn't like a sporting event where you pick a side and route for them; also that being non-biased doesn't mean that you have to counter every story with an equally bad story from the other side; and that the story really isn't that complex and uncomprehensible. His motive in writing the book is that it is so difficult to find a comprehensive history of the full conflict in under 500 pages. All of this sounds fantastic but a third of the way through the book and he's still going on like this. You start to feel like he will never begin the book. When he does get started it's a cursory glance at 4000 years and then it ends in an indulgent conclusion.
So I was a little dissapointed...
I was willing to forgive historical cliches for the sake of brevity but after the indulgent introduction and conclusion I was more critical of the sacrifice of real history. Still if you treat it as the 'undercoat' before applying the real coat of knowledge then it's not too bad. It's also so quick to read that if you don't get much from it you won't feel you've wasted precious reading time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction, 18 Nov. 2009
This review is from: The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction, Second Edition (Paperback)
A good beginners' introduction to the Palestine-Israel conflict - covers all the major events and examines historical evidence to find a root cause. Reasonable objective (which is hard given the topic). As an undergrad studying a module in this topic I found it a useful starting point for my studies at the beginning of the year, and now as a reference for brief explanations of key occurrences. Would definately recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable, oddly, 15 Feb. 2012
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A curious book to get completely absorbed in, but it's so well written and so easy to follow that by the end of it you feel far more aware of what's going on in the region. The author has doggedly stuck to the purpose of the book and not got side-tracked by world events. A very impressive read.
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