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Annalise

EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada

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  • Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David K. Shipler
    • Narrated By Robert Blumenfeld
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices of Jews and Arabs that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Focusing on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools; he discusses the far ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism, attitudes about the Holocaust, and much more.

    Ann says: "more a psychology than a history"
    "Not at all balanced"
    Overall

    Although the book gives accounts of both Jewish and Arab terrorism in the Middle East one comes away with the feeling that there has been more Jewish terrorism than Palestinian and that for the most that Palestinian terrorism is excusable. One example of the author's subtle bias is found in his description of an incident of Palestinian terrorism where he says something like this: the hijackers let a pregnant woman off the bus: a humanitarian gesture which deprived them of the element of surpise. This is just one example of the way in which the author - though he claims to be impartial- subtly supports the Palestinian perspective on the conflict. I almost never quit half way through a book but after listening to 2/3 of part 2 I realized that it was going to be just more of the same and I quit. He clearly supports communication between Arabs and Jews to break down stereotypes which is good and laudible and he gives a lot of illustrations of how this can be accomplished. But overall the book is long on detailed anecdotes of bad behaviour by the Jews and short on helpful historical analysis.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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