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 Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is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.
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“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)
Shavit is an engaging writer and the vignettes he paints give the reader an insight into the diversity of Israel and of Israeli life.
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.
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.
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.
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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