Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction Hardcover – 20 Jul 2005
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An indispensable, basic introduction ... There is no better single volume -- [this is] objective in every way. -- Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of Another Century of War?
Comprehensive, detailed, yet lively and readable ... A tour-de-force in the depth and breadth of its research and in its clarity. -- John K. Cooley, veteran foreign correspondent and author on the Middle East.
Written with a relaxed informality, [this book] is especially good at highlighting key issues. -- Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. Professor Emeritus of Middle East History at Penn State University and author of A Concise History of the Middle East
About the Author
Gregory Harms is a freelance writer and independent researcher. He frequently lectures on the Middle East and international affairs, and has traveled throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Outside the realm of politics, Harms' writing also appears in a recently published anthology entitled The Spoken Word Revolution (Sourcebooks, 2003). Todd Ferry began his studies in archaeology and Near East history at Indiana University. He received his MA in Syro-Palestinian archaeology from the University of Chicago in 2001. He has worked as a supervisor at both the sites of Ashkelon and Tel Beth Shemesh in Israel.
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To someone new to the field, this book seems to be quite objective as it simply goes through the events and the motivations behind them without emotional bias, which is quite a feat in itself considering the amount of senseless killing that has occurred on both sides of this war.
If like me, your only source of information on this conflict as been the mass media and you want to know more, buy this book.
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I defintely recommend this book.
Over a brisk 182 pages, the author lays out the situation from ancient times until the death of Arafat and beyond. The facts, dates, wars and peace plans come at you fast and furious, but the author guides you through with clarity, the occasional chuckle, and constant astonishment - from Israel's stunning military victory in the Six-Day War to the audacity of their land grabs to the terrible plight of Palestinian refugees.
A lot of people choose sides in this conflict like they choose sports teams and then root accordingly. I'm guilty of that to some degree, but, because of this book, I feel like I've developed a more sympathetic and balanced view.
I would say the book is balanced and neutral, at least as much as it is possible to be about such a charged subject, and certainly more so than many other books. It is short, but it packs a lot of information into the pages. Finally, it is well written -- it is not dry or boring. I highly recommend it to those who, like me, know little or nothing about the conflict.