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Israel / Palestine - a 4000 Year History. by [Carroll, Ian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Adenuf Publications; One edition (15 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BPHTKY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is an excellent account of events in the Middle East told in an easy to follow fashion. Enjoyable and well-written and gives a complete account of the complicated situation in Israel and Palestine. Ian Carroll is clearly a gifted storyteller. I especially liked the early history including the bible stories but all events are clearly described and I recommend this book for students and academics alike. Something for everyone in a comprehensive and impressive book and also very reasonably priced.
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If, like me, you are saddened and disturbed by the current hostilities in Gaza and the West Bank (summer 2014) and only have a sketchy understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, this book is a good place to start. Basic in its analysis, it appears to give a good factual account of the history, and atrocities, committed by both sides of the argument. I now feel more confident to tackle some of the weightier tomes out there, before me coming to a better informed opinion.

One observation, the kindle edition at least, would be enhanced by a series of historical maps of the region. Having a decent atlas to hand might help before you start to read!
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As the other reviews state, this is an overview of the Israel/Palestinian conflict rather than an in depth historical study. That said, the book was perfect for me - I wanted to learn the reasons for the ongoing conflict and this book does this in a straight forward manner. I went from knowing nothing on the subject to having a reasonable understanding of the history of the conflict. Thank you Mr Carroll
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A detailed book which bothers to enter into the long and detailed history of the region. Well worth a read if you're interested in the area whether you're indifferent,or, supportive of anyone involved.
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This books does deliver on explaining this conflict to those who do not understand it. A good review of the conflict especially for someone who has not read any books on the topic already. Perhaps not so good if you have already read multiple books, as you may find it to basic. The book goes right back to the beginning and focuses a lot on the early history, including the story of the Bible even in short. I certainly understand the topic a bit better now. I may read it a second time to try and remember more details.

It is fairly well written. One minor complaint is that the author handles chronology poorly, jumping back and forth and time but not making it clear enough when they return to a point in the time line they have already covered, and start to describe the same event a second time. Would have been helped by a few "as we have seen", "as previously mentioned" phrases at the very least. I get the feeling that the author is an intelligent person, but not an experienced writer or historian, but this is acknowledged more or less in the beginning, and is not necessarily a bad thing.

The book is largely unbiased, but does seem to focus a bit more time explaining Israeli atrocities, and a little less time on the Palestinian suicide bombings and the fact that so many Palestinians look positively against suicide bombers that have killed innocent civilians including children. Apart from that, I don't know enough about the subject to comment on any omissions, errors or whatever that their may or may not be.

The author's proposed solution to where to draw his proposed new border lines a bit confused me and I couldn't figure out where he would fit Gaza. A clearer map showing this would have helped.
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Good book, start far in the past to try to know who from the palestinian or the jews where there before. An it actually made me see the conflict in a different way, even if it lingered a lot of all the atrocity Israel did. This issue is so much more complicated than it looks even if the solution looks quite simple. There are lots of information presented but yiu have to get used to the way it is written as he will first talk about the topic in a general way before talking about it in depth. But it still is a good book if starting on the subject.

Also, if you're looking for an academic book, it is not the one for you (for example, he does not systematically mention all his sources, sometimes, you won't know if it's a proven fact or just a theory), and by the author own admission.
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The book is well researched but the style of the writing could be better. There are a few random chapters near the start which are basically taken from the bible verbatim but I guess this was to add context. I don't think this guy claims to be an award-winning author more so just someone who is interested in the topic, has done some research and shared it with everyone. Well done!
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I was a little skeptical when I bought this book. I was interested in finding out more about the Israel/Palestine conflict but did not want anything that would be too laborious. This was a fantastic read, not too scholastic and not boring either. There were some parts where I feel the author was giving too much of his own view but overall I do not regret the purchase and his writing did make me want to find more books on the subject.
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