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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

"[Friedman's] writing is vastly descriptive, incredibly illuminating, very educational, and marvelously persuasive." (Library Journal)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Theodore on 03-31-14

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Annie on 09-20-10

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?

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3 out of 5 stars
By keksi212 on 09-02-16

Was hoping for more

More of a personal account of someone who lived in the region during the early 80s. I was hoping for more historical context to the conflict, which there was very little.

Well written and easy to follow. Was just hoping for more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By P on 09-07-11

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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