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In narrative history, Bird tells the stories of such illuminating figures as life-long Jerusalem resident George Antonius, author of The Arab Awakening, and his charismatic wife; Jordan’s King Hussein and his CIA connections; the businessman Salem bin Laden, Osama’s older brother and a family friend; Saudi kings Faisal and Khalid; President Nasser of Egypt; and Leila Khaled, the striking young Palestinian radical who hijacked one of the Black September planes.
Bird’s personal insights and unique connections create a portal into the sensibilities and psyche of these lands that is sure to fascinate both those fluent in the history of the Middle East and the many who simply want to understand this region that the West seems to be both fighting for and against.
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By Ari on 07-18-10
The reading is atrocious
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it, however I cannot recommend the audio book. The person who read this book managed to mispronounce almost every proper noun in the book. The names of Israeli and Egyptian cities, Israeli prime ministers, authors, terrorists, etc., etc. I have listened to many many audio books, and I've never heard one read more poorly. I had a very hard time following the book in part just because the pronunciation was so bad I had to stop and think "what on earth did he just say?"
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Corina on 10-16-15
What did you like best about Crossing Mandelbaum Gate? What did you like least?
Like the narration least.
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Presenting Palestinian view.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Other than Nakba and Naksa (Arabic), he mispronounced almost every non-English word and name, including well-known names such as Kurt Weill. Very annoying.
Do you think Crossing Mandelbaum Gate needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No, said it all.
Any additional comments?
Narrators should research the pronunciation of non-English terms and names before embarking on narration.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful