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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (17 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596913436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596913431
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.6 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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"This truly remarkable book presents a powerful account of Palestinians and Israelis who try to break the seemingly endless chain of hatred and violence. Capturing the human dimension of the conflict so vividly and admirably, Sandy Tolan offers something both Israelis and Palestinians all too often tend to ignore: a ray of hope."

"Affecting. [S]ensitively told. Humane and literate."

"A much-needed antidote to the cynicism of realpolitik."

"Tolan offers. a ray of hope."-Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete"

"[C]ertainly. one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."

"This wonderful human story vividly depicts the depths of attachment to contested ground. An excellent choice..."

"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story."-Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains "and "King Leopold's Ghost"

"[J]ust as the Khairis and Eshkenazis learn each other's better qualities, we come to understand more about both sides."

"[A] tapestry of compassion, grief, and hope.[a] painfully beautiful narrative."-Elif Shafak, author of "The Flea Palace" and "The Saint of Incipient Insanities"

"Affecting. ÝS¨ensitively told. Humane and literate."

"ÝC¨ertainly. one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."

"ÝJ¨ust as the Khairis and Eshkenazis learn each other's better qualities, we come to understand more about both sides."

"Dalia and Bashir's.remarkable four-decade friendship.illuminate the personal narratives at the heart of the ÝPalestinian/Israeli¨ conflict."

"ÝA¨ tapestry of compassion, grief, and hope.Ýa¨ painfully beautiful narrative."-Elif Shafak, author of "The Flea Palace" and "The Saint of Incipient Insanities"

"A wonderful book. I learned so much about the Middle East conflict--from a historical and human perspective. The author took great care with his research. I walked away with a better understanding of the Jewish and Palestinian points of view."--Kathy Litts, Oregon Book Company, Orgeon City, OR

Praise for "The Lemon Tree":
" No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year." -- "Christian Science Monitor"
" A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland." -- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
" Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I' d recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region." -- "Time"
" Beautifully told... a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story... It reads like a work of fiction." -- "Nation"
" Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness." -- Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold's Ghost"
" Truly remarkable." -- Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis"

Praise for "The Lemon Tree":
"No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region."--"Time"
"Beautifully told...a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story...It reads like a work of fiction."--"Nation"
"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness."--Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold's Ghost"
"Truly remarkable."--Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis"

Praise for "The Lemon Tree": " [An] extraordinary book... A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum... Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history." -- "Washington"" Post"""
" "The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures-- intellectual, questing, passionate and committed-- may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history... It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of "The Lemon Tree" is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old." -- "Seattle" "Times"
" No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year." -- "Christian Science Monitor"
" A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from theirpassionate desires for a homeland." -- "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
" Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I' d recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region." -- "Time"
" Beautifully told... a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story... It reads like a work of fiction." -- "Nation"
" Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness." -- Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold' s Ghost"
" Truly remarkable." -- Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis"

Praise for "The Lemon Tree": "[An] extraordinary book...A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum...Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history."--"Washington"" Post"""
""The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history...It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of "The Lemon Tree" is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old."--"Seattle" "Times"
"No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Quite simply the most important book I've read forages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region."--"Time"
"Beautifully told...a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story...It reads like a work of fiction."--"Nation"
"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness."--Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold's Ghost"
"Truly remarkable."--Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis"

Praise for "The Lemon Tree":  "[An] extraordinary book A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history."--"Washington"" Post"""
 
""The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one

Praise for "The Lemon Tree" "[An] extraordinary book A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history."--"Washington"" Post"""
""The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of "The Lemon Tree" is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old."--"Seattle""Times"
"No novel could be more compelling...This book will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region."--"Time"
"Beautifully told a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story It reads like a work of fiction."--"Nation"
"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness."--Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold's Ghost"
"Truly remarkable."--Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis""

"[An] extraordinary book...A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum...Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history."--"Washington"" Post"""
""The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history...It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of "The Lemon Tree" is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old."--"Seattle""Times"
"No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year."--"Christian Science Monitor"
"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"
"Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region."--"Time"
"Beautifully told...a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story...It reads like a work of fiction."--"Nation"
"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness."--Adam Hochschild, author of "Bury the Chains" and "King Leopold's Ghost"
"Truly remarkable."--Tom Segev, author of "One Palestine, Complete "and "1949: The First Israelis"

[An] extraordinary book A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history. "Washington Post"

"The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East "is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of "The Lemon Tree" is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old. "Seattle Times"

No novel could be more compelling...This book will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year. "Christian Science Monitor"

A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland. "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"

Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region. "Time"

Beautifully told a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story It reads like a work of fiction. "Nation"

Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness. "Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost"

Truly remarkable. "Tom Segev, author of One Palestine, Complete and 1949: The First Israelis""

[An] extraordinary book A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history. Washington Post

The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of The Lemon Tree is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old. Seattle Times

No novel could be more compelling...This book will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year. Christian Science Monitor

A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region. Time

Beautifully told a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story It reads like a work of fiction. Nation

Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness. Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost

Truly remarkable. Tom Segev, author of One Palestine, Complete and 1949: The First Israelis

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"[An] extraordinary book...A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum...Tolan's narrative provides a much-needed, human dimension to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he also skillfully weaves into this tale a great deal of history, all properly sourced. Despite the complex and controversial nature of the story, this veteran journalist has produced a highly readable and evocative history." --Washington Post

"The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East is the story of two people trying to get beyond denial, and closer to a truth they can both live with. By its end, Bashir Khairi and Dalia Eshkenazi are still arguing, talking -- and mostly disagreeing. But their natures--intellectual, questing, passionate and committed--may represent the best hope of resolving one of the most intractable disputes in human history...It is very tempting to write off the Israeli-Palestinian standoff as insoluble. But one lesson of The Lemon Tree is the relatively short span of its history. The conflict between the two peoples is little more than a century old." --Seattle Times

"No novel could be more compelling...This book... will haunt you long after you put it down. And it will certainly be one of the best works of nonfiction that you will read this year." --Christian Science Monitor

"A graceful, compassionate and unmuddied presentation of Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the lives of an Arab and a Jew, strangers who forge a connection and a reconciliation while never veering from their passionate desires for a homeland." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"Quite simply the most important book I've read for ages...a handbook to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative that captures its essence through tracing the connected lives of two extraordinary individuals. Literally the single work I'd recommend to anyone seeking to understand why the conflict remains unresolved, and why it continues to dominate the region." --Time

"Beautifully told...a very poignant but impressively unsentimental story...It reads like a work of fiction." --Nation

"Sandy Tolan has found a remarkable story, and has told it in all its beauty and sadness." --Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains and King Leopold's Ghost

"Truly remarkable." --Tom Segev, author of One Palestine, Complete and 1949: The First Israelis

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The true story of a friendship spanning religious divisions and four decades of Israeli-Palestinian conflict --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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