In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The journey that Peled traces in this groundbreaking memoir echoed the trajectory taken 40 years earlier by his father, renowned Israeli general Matti Peled. In The General's Son, Miko Peled tells us about growing up in Jerusalem in the heart of the group that ruled the then-young country, Israel. He takes us with him through his service in the country's military and his subsequent global travels...and then, after his niece's killing, back into the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The book provides a compelling and intimate window into the fears that haunt both peoples - but also into the real courage of all those who, like Miko Peled, have been pursuing a steadfast grassroots struggle for equality for all the residents of the Holy Land.
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Peled will make you think deeply about the Israel-Palestine conflict. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the issues. There are moments where I did not always agree with the author, but that makes for good reading. He tends to gloss over some details that bear fleshing out. For example, he spends a lot of energy on explaining Egypt's military presence in the Sinai Peninsula as provocation of the Six Day War, but glosses over Syria and Jordan's subsequent attacks which led to occupation of the Golan Heights and the West Bank. For those unfamiliar with the details of the events, a little more explanation would have been helpful. Overall, the book is thought-provoking and powerful. Peled's personal story is honest, fascinating, and full of heart. The performance is good, but there are some editing issues and some mispronunciations. Otherwise, I enjoyed hearing the story in the author's voice.
I studied Middle East Studies in college. I understood what the problem was on a surface level but this book goes over what the issues are from an emotional and societal prospective. This is a must read for you to get a better understanding of the world.
Retired CTO in the Financial sector.
I am trying to learn right from wong about Israel. This helped me understand what I need to investigate to find the right solution.
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