Donna Rosenthal is the author of the 2008 updated THE ISRAELIS: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land.
She was inspired to write THE ISRAELIS when a CNN International producer asked her: "Our viewers are confused. We have footage of Jews who look like Arabs, Arabs who look like Jews. We have black Jews, bearded 16th century Jews and sexy girls in tight jeans. Who are these people?" Despite the avalanche of news from Israel, few people know much about modern Israelis.
She can be reached at: www.DonnaRosenthal.com or www.TheIsraelis.net
THE ISRAELIS has more than 100 excellent international reviews across the religious and political spectrums. The Israelis is also published in German, Japanese, and Chinese.
Donna Rosenthal was a news producer at Israel TV, reporter for Israel Radio and The Jerusalem Post, and a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and The Atlantic and many other publications.
Donna Rosenthal was the first journalist to travel to remote Ethiopian mountain villages and introduce Israeli radio audiences to black Jews praying in mud hut synagogues -- to go to the Promised Land.
A winner of three Lowell Thomas Journalism awards: Best Investigative Reporting, Best Foreign Travel (The New York Times) and Best Adventure Travel Writing, she's reported from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
She frequently is interviewed on tv and radio about modern Israel. In a Publishers Weekly national survey, Ms. Rosenthal placed in the TOP TEN most popular speakers -- and only female non-fiction author.
Ms. Rosenthal has taught journalism at three universities.
She holds a BA from University of California Berkeley (Political Science) and a Master of Science (International Relations/Middle East) from The London School of Economics.
THE ISRAELIS is dedicated to the cornea donor who died on a day when Passover, Easter, and Id al-Fatir coincided and gave Donna Rosenthal the gift of sight. A portion of the profits are donated to the Israel Organ Donor Society. Through it, Jewish, Muslim and Christian Israelis and Palestinians save each other's lives.