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From Beirut to Jerusalem / Thomas L. Friedman Hardcover – 1989
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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.
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!