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From Beirut to Jerusalem | [Thomas L. Friedman]

From Beirut to Jerusalem

In From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, has drawn on his decade in the Middle East to produce the most trenchant, vivid, and thought-provoking book yet on the region.
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In From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist for The New York Times and author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree, has drawn on his decade in the Middle East to produce the most trenchant, vivid, and thought-provoking book yet on the region.

No issue in international politics has been more hotly debated than the Arab-Israeli conflict. And no reporter has illuminated both the conflict and the rhythms of life in the Middle East with more immediacy and brilliance than Friedman, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Whether it's extremism, terrorism, or fundamentalism on right and left, Friedman puts all the operative currents into perspective with an inimitable specificity and clarity.

©2006 Thomas L. Friedman; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Annie 09-20-10
    Annie 09-20-10 Member Since 2009

    I like to laugh!

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    "They choose the past over the future"

    Enlightening memoir of reporters' experience in the early stages of the dismantling of Beiruit and then his subsequent time in Israel. Clearly discouraged, he describes firsthand the suffering of families and their culture in the palistinian/israeli escalation. He gives some historical perspective that helped me to understand the timeline of the events after '47 establishment of Israel . I recommend this book for those who want to folllow the peace process this year in Washington. Will they choose to be modern or tribal?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin APO, AP, USA 01-28-09
    Kevin APO, AP, USA 01-28-09
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    "We are so blessed in America!"

    Wonderful read and very entertaining. I was amazed at what some people go through in their daily life. This book has a light and sometimes humorous tone, but also educates the average listener about a very complex part of the world that most of us will never understand. I really enjoyed this book and even listened to it twice just so my wife could hear it. I laughed out loud through many spots. He is a very engaging writer and it was read well. If you like other books by Friedman you will not be disappointed.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-29-11
    A Summerville, SC, United States 06-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Interesting perspective on Israel"

    I agree with a previous reviewer that the author's voice is a bit high pitched for the seriousness of the text. However, I excuse this since the author is telling us his own story, and these really are his words. Also, his reading is dynamic and never boring or mechanical.

    The first half gives an interesting perspective on what it is like to be in Lebanon.

    What I found most interesting was the second half regarding Israel. Being a Jewish author gives Friedman credibility when discussing the feelings of the Israelis. Even though I had read quite a bit on this subject (I strongly recommend O Jerusalem by Lapierre), I was enlightened by the clear description of the three aspects of the future Israeli state that Ben-Gurion and subsequent leaders dealt with. This alone makes the book worth listening too as this basic aspect of the formation of a Jewish State is fundamental to all understanding of this major world issue. Having some background in the geography and history will greatly enable the listener to follow the discussions about the Labor and Likud parties.

    Because this abridged version is short, it is easy enough to get through, and I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Theodore NORTH FERRISBURGH, VT, United States 03-31-14
    Theodore NORTH FERRISBURGH, VT, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "This is an abridged version"
    What disappointed you about From Beirut to Jerusalem?

    I had read this book back when it first came out. I purchased the audio book to listen to (while driving) in preparation for our trip to Israel. I was quite disappointed that much of the guts of the book was removed in this version. I had to go back to my hard cover.


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    DS 12-24-12
    DS 12-24-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "COLLECTIVE GUILT - GIVEN AND RECEIVED"

    Growing up in postwar NYC, as the only non-Jew in my public school classes, I was very much aware of the holocaust.

    The idea proposed in this book rings true to me. Jews are infused with victimization and want everyone else to feel guilty about it.

    This dynamic is Israel's problem. However, Israel's problem is a problem for the entire world. The Middle East is the thorn in the world's side and this book points out why this thorn is not about to be removed anytime soon. It's been how long? Oh right, over 35 years.

    Let's hope it is resolved sooner than the US resolved slavery (over 75 years) and then racial equality (another 100 years).

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    Jonathan JerusalemIsrael 05-23-09
    Jonathan JerusalemIsrael 05-23-09
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    "Sadly, a one sided book"

    Friedman describes to parts of his journalistic life in the Middle East: Several years he lived in Beirut, during Israel's 1982 invasion into Lebanon; and several years he lived in Jerusalem with his family.

    In the first part of the book (Beirut), Friedman goes on to rave about strong Lebanese people, living their lives despite Israeli invasion and violence of the militants. He talks about people being used to automatic gun shots on their streets and how brave it is of them.

    Then, Friedman writes about Israel. For the whole second part of the book, he goes on to criticize Israel - people, politicians, victimhood (as in - Jews should finally stop thinking so much about Holocaust, it was long time ago, come on!), et cetera. Sadly, Friedman did not have many positive words for Israel - criticizing it all the way through.

    Unfortunately, being a NYT journalist does not exempt you from one sided, unprofessional reporting.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Michael carlsbad, CA, USA 03-30-09
    Michael carlsbad, CA, USA 03-30-09
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    "Good insight into a troubling region"

    My son recommended this book to me. The material gives great insight into Lebanese and Isrealis, Muslims and militant Jews. The book is read by the author. His voice is high and soft which is in contrast to the context and words. I probably would have preferred unabridged version and stronger voice.

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    steve bailey, CO, United States 10-01-10
    steve bailey, CO, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not so good"

    I found the book somewhat boring and had to force myself to finish the book.

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    "Highly recommended!"

    One of the most captivating audio books I have listened to in a while. The book is more than ten years old but Thomas Friedman's story of life in Beirut during the war is timeless. Also brilliantly narrated and excellent technical quality of the recording. Highly recommended.

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