- Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
- Verlag: Picador; Auflage: Updated. (17. Januar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1250015499
- ISBN-13: 978-1250015495
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,1 x 3 x 21 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 31 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 408.832 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
From Beirut to Jerusalem (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 17. Januar 2012
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“The most intelligent and comprehensive account one is likely to read.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it.” ―Seymour Hersh
“A book that must be read by all who are concerned about the present and future of a part of our world to which Western civilization has always been, and will continue to be, vitally connected.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“A sparkling intellectual guidebook…An engrossing journey not to be missed.” ―The Wall Street Journal
“A complex, illuminating vision written with a novelist's eye for the telling detail and a reporter's knack for the revealing quote.” ―San Francisco Chronicle
“Perhaps no other book written for a popular audience has so successfully explained the unexplainable….This book is an annotated roadmap to the past, and a brilliant crystal ball for the future.” ―St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Fascinating…Friedman has mastered his subject.” ―Time
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This book is filled with anecdotes, which allow a smooth reading of a subject otherwise very blur and complicated. Friedman tells you about his apartment building in Beirut being blown up, or about the warlord who is waking up the owner of a delicatessen in the middle of the night for some ... caviar.
If you are curious about what happened in the Middle East, but don't want to spent ages dwelling on many complicated political books, then I highly recommend this book. It should be enough.
Besser als Friedman habe ich das israelische Dilemma (Was für eine Art Staat will Israel sein?) noch nirgends beschrieben gefunden -- auch für die, die sich für bestens informiert halten, wird dieses Buch einige wertvolle Denkanstösse liefern.
Leider hat Friedman meiner Ansicht nach mit seiner Bush-freundlichen, unkritischen Position zum Irak-Krieg 2003 viel von seiner journalistischen Integrität verspielt. Das betrifft dieses Buch jeoch nicht wirklich.
Mr. Friedman assigns Israel a majority of the blame for the Israeli/Palestinian delimna. After three hundred pages of this, (with the exception of a paragraph here or there), I was convinced I had been browbeaten.
Let us not forget that Israel is a small nation whose historical right to its homeland was recognized by international consensus. And now, she finds her legitimacy of that committment eroded and scorned by that same community which initially supported her. Why has the only democracy in the entire middle East been the focus of so much criticism? Friedman's book is very informative, and is historically accurate. But, so much of the writing leans to the left, to the anti-Israel, anti-zionism sentiment.
I recommend for balanced reading of Israel, the reader look at Benjamin Netanyahu's book A Place Among the Nations. While many persons might not agree with his politics, the book is an insightful piece of literature that explores history, political theory, and Palestinian Centrality.
He isnt scared to damn the Israelis (and he sometimes is too critical of them, as if he feels betrayed), but then again he also finds many of the reasons why a Civil War occurred in Lebanon.
This book has really helped define my perception of the region and the way that those countries interact even though it was written some 12 years ago.
Basically, the first half of the book is comprised of this author's adventures in war-time Lebanon and how that background played against the political maneuverings of warring factions. The second half of the book is both an analysis of Israeli life and the soul-searching of a man who has felt betrayed (much like Martin Luther i imagine, but not as important). This book is riveting.
get it dagnamit!
Friedman might not always be right or accurate to the point, but the majority of the messages contained in his 600 pages monograph is still of great value. It's amazing how many of his predictions and remarks actually fit the current situation (as of 2008!), an indication of how well he understands his subject.
Even if it might already seem like an old book, it is by no means outdated and highly recommended probably for years to come.
I started to get interested in the Near East at the beginning of the 90ies and was looking for books that would help me to explain me the situation also back in the recent past. This is the best book I found.
Friedman shares with us his own experiences, delivers us all important facts about this time and especially gives us a deep insight in both sides of the conflict, giving preference to neither of them, offering to the reader the decision to choose their camp, if they feel like.
This book has helped me a great deal in understanding the different factions, their actions and motivations much clearly than any other book.
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