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My Promised Land Audiobook

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Natan Book Award

An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today.

Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking From Beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension.

©2013 Random House Audio (P)2013 Ari Shavit

What the Critics Say

“Shavit's provocative book avoids the clichés typical of some works about the Middle East, and the audio version benefits from Paul Boehmer's superb presentation.” (AudioFile)

“One of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years . . . [The] book’s real power: On an issue so prone to polemic, Mr. Shavit offers candor.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“The most extraordinary book that I’ve read on [Israel] since Amos Elon’s book called The Israelis, and that was published in the late sixties.” (David Remnick)

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    Eric Tuten Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 09-09-15
    Eric Tuten Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania 09-09-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Stimulating and insightful"

    Shavit is an engaging writer and the vignettes he paints give the reader an insight into the diversity of Israel and of Israeli life.

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    Jonathan 08-25-15
    Jonathan 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Informative, Insightful and Inspiring"

    I'm a relative novice as to the history of and situation in Israel. Shavit's book provided a wonderful and current primer on one of the worlds most contested pieces of real estate. I felt tossed between the rights of both the Jews and the Palestinians as the author makes powerful arguments for both camps. I can't say the book entirely changed my opinion, but I gained valuable insights and it has left me wanting to learn so much more.

    I found the narration to be excellent. Boehmer has an outstanding voice and managed pronunciations in all languages perfectly.

    This book is a MUST for anyone who wants to form their own opinions about Israel
    without being continually influenced by a biased world media.

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    Karin 07-25-15
    Karin 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book in a LONG time"

    Loved this book. It brings a larger, flexible perspective without oversimplifying a very complex situation. Realistic! Highly recommend!

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    Mary McNulty 07-03-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Important perspective"

    Quite a great historical presentation of Israel's recent history shedding light on the present day tensions in the area. Seems to be a balanced view. Well read by Mr. Boehmer.

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    Alan 06-24-15
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    "Fantastic, poetic, nuts and bolts."

    An amazing story told by an incredibly perceptive person. A must for anyone wanting a trustworthy guide through this complicated landscape.

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    H. Shalit 06-07-15
    H. Shalit 06-07-15

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    "Who approved this narration?"

    Interesting book but the worse narration ever. The fake foeign accent was made worse by constant mispronounciation, really annoying.

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    Siid 05-13-15
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    "A must read"

    It is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt curious about what was is and will be Israel.

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    joyce bridge louisville, ky, US 04-18-15
    joyce bridge louisville, ky, US 04-18-15
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    "Insightful and engaging"

    This book opened my eyes, but troubled me.
    Illuminated the essence of human conflict.

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    CM Wilson-Armour 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Educational and entertaining."

    Very informative. I learned a lot about the history of the state of Israel. I enjoyed the narrator's accent as well. He made me feel like I was with the author the whole time.

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    Tony P. 03-29-15
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    "Not really a story of Israel..."
    Would you try another book from Ari Shavit and/or Paul Boehmer?

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    Any additional comments?

    This isn't a story of Israel. It is a severely skewed tale of a devout leftist. Every story is defined by some negative account that is actually minor in the grand scheme of things but is central to this ashamed Jew. Every account leading up to Israel's independence highlights Jewish war crimes while barely mentioning any involvement of Palestinine atrocities. Embarrassing. I could only stand it for six hours. So, to be fair, this review doesn't cover the final 2/3 of the book.

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