Im not quite finished the book yet but I'm well into Part 3 so I can give you the gist.
Shipler tells the story by going through different topics and then reciting synopses of hundreds of interviews with both Arabs & Jews on these topics. Good because you get the sense of what the everyday person feels but bad because while the guy on the street has an opinion, it's not necessarily a widespread attitude. As a journalist, he has a natural tendency to speak with the loudest voices.
That being said, it's a huge volume of information. As a Jew, there times when I disagreed with his conclusions and times when I felt ashamed of other Jews. I do feel that while he has tried to be even-handed, he has focused on Israel's wrongs more than Arab nations' wrongs. At least so far. I'm sure that Arab readers would feel the opposite and that's the point. Perhaps this is the most centered volume on the topic.
I am recommending it to my many Arab & Jewish friends. Peace.
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