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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Second edition edition (19 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006530702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006530701
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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‘Jubilantly intelligent – a dashing hybrid of autobiography and journalism… a lifeline to the sane, a beacon to the hopeful.’
Michael Coren, The Times

‘Friedman fills the yawning gap between verbiage and understanding with grace, precision and insight.’
Economist.

‘A striking achievement.’
Financial Times.

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WINNER OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

In this lucid, incisive and memorable book, hailed on both sides of the Atlantic, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Friedman reaches deeper into the traumatic, complex recent history of the conflicts in the Middle East than any previous writer. 'From Beirut to Jerusalem' is wonderfully shrewd, suprisingly funny, and indispensable to anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the political causes and psychological effects of the seemingly endless litany of strife which besets this embattled region. This Second Edition has been fully updated to include an account of the nascent Middle East peace process begun in 1992.

"Jubilantly intelligent – a dashing hybrid of autobiography and journalism. Friedman's book is a lifeline to the sane, a beacon to the hopeful".
MICHAEL COREN, 'Sunday Times'

"Friedman's approach is both original and thought – provoking. His analysis of the changing shape of relations between Israel and the American-Jewish community is masterful …a striking achievement."
ANDREW GOWERS, 'Financial Times'

"A richly textured work, saturated with grim and appalling truths"
CHAIM POTOK ,' Washington Post '

" Friedman fills the yawning gap between verbiage and understanding with grace, precision and insight."
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"A sparkling intellectual guidebook…an engrossing journey not to be missed."
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I didn't know anything about the Israel/Palestine conflict before reading this book. It is a place that has been in conflict for so long. I knew there were disputes in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as there have been since I was old enough to take interest in the news. However, I didn't understand the history of this region.
The author is a journalist who spent time reporting in both Beirut and Jerusalem in the late 70's and the 80's. He is a Jewish American and is therefore sometimes accused of bias. I have an open mind on the topic and personally didn't detect any bias. Interestingly he has been accused on occasions of bias towards the Palestians as well!
The book covers the history of Israel and Palestine and also explains a little about the civil war that took place in the Lebanon. It looks at the views of both the Israelis and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and the rationale for the actions taken by both of them. The author also discusses how strange it was to see people going about their ordinary way of life amid bombing and gunfire. He talks at about the interesting people he met while living in the Middle East and how their lives have been impacted by the conflict.
Thomas Friedman has a wonderful way of writing which makes this book very easy to read and absorb. It is interesting, educational and in many places very amusing.
As it is not a recent book, it only covers events up to the early 90s. However I think it is a great introduction to the subject.
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A great achievement - this is indeed a good starting point and Friedman is at his best when he relates the horror of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp massacres of Palestinians in Lebanon. But there is a sense that he is trying to distil the Arab-Israeli conflict into easy nuggets for the reader - one needs to go much further than this. However he is refreshingly open about his own misconceptions and what he learnt from living in the region. Edward Said has a perceptive review of this book in his 'Politics of Dispossession'. For more depth on the Lebanon side, go to Robert Fisk's 'Pity the Nation'
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I first read this book twenty years ago, when the events dscribed within were very much current headlines. Twenty years later, the events have faded from the foreground, although the background problem has hardly changed, unless it is for the worse. What remains fascinating is the personal story of Tom Friedman, showing the evolution of his attitudes towards the byzantine, impenetrable and cruel mess of Middle East politics and war. Many of Friedman's detractors (there are many) write him off as an unrepentant admirer and supporter of Israel, and insist that his work is not balanced. This seems to me to be rather missing the point, as it is a partial autobiography, reflected in the chaos surrounding him, rather than with Friedman himself as the centre of gravity. It is a personal view of the Middle East, rather than a polemic. It is very well written and is definitely still worth reading... even if at the end of it you, like me, like Friedman have no clearer understanding of the dynamics of the Arab Israeli conflict.
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First published in 1989 I read the second edition published in 1995 detailing the time Friedman spent in Beirut and then Lebanon as New York Times bureau chief before moving back to the safer haven of Washington DC.

An American Jew pitching up to Beirut in the mid 80s sounds a disaster waiting to happen but the chronology provided by Friedman is well worth reading. Although perhaps lacking the detail to be a relevant source for academia I would recommend this to anyone else wanting an introduction to the history of the conflict and how it appeared soon after Rabin and Arafat shook hands, but before Rabin was assassinated.

It was interesting to read the different perspective of living in Beirut vs Jerusalem, but perhaps the most interesting was the suggestions towards the end for long-term peace. Much of his Friedman's expectation was surprisingly accurate!
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There is no finer book ever written about the Middle East and all its problems than this one. I would go so far as to say I wish every politician on both sides of the Atlantic had read it from cover to cover before intervening in any of the countries but having done so would have understood that it could never have been anything else but a long haul with a heavy dosage of realism if we were ever going to make things better rather than worse. Illuminating at all levels not least the thousands of years culture of an 'eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth' of the Desert peoples as illustrated in Chapter Four's Hama Rules and the Bedouin story of the Old Man's Turkey. It is a truly 'must' read for us all if we are ever going to understand the culture of the Desert.
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... to raise that question using the much discredited phrase from Fox News. As many people know, Thomas Friedman is a long-time reporter, and now a columnist for the New York Times. This is his first book, published in 1989, based on his experiences living in both Beirut and Jerusalem during the `80's, as the aforementioned NYT reporter. I first read the book not long after publication, and was suitably impressed, with both the "balance," as well as the wealth of information that I had not previously read. Friedman is Jewish, and in the prelude to this book says that, in high school, "I was insufferable." Insufferable in regards to his fanatical pro-Israel stance. As he states, concerning his mother's response to some of his actions: "Is this really necessary?" So, it is all the more remarkable that I do think this book represents a fair report on one of humankind's more intractable political problems today.

Friedman and his wife first went to the Middle East in 1979, and for the next decade lived in the two cities that form the title to this book, splitting their time fairly evenly. As seems to be true of every 10 year period in the Middle East, it was tumultuous. "And all the news just repeats itself" is a line from a John Prine song, truer today than when he wrote it. Friedman has a chapter on the massacre in Hama, Syria, by the forces of the current ruler's father, which killed somewhere around 20,000 civilians. This was in 1982! And his account seemed to provide the first fair discussion of it. I was in Hama in 1989, and the "ghosts still talked, admittedly, sotte voce . Lebanon has always been one of the most complex cases in the area, and Friedman seems to select the perfect epigram for his chapter, from a fellow NYT correspondent: "There is no truth in Beirut, only versions.
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