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From Beirut to Jerusalem
From Beirut to Jerusalem
From Beirut to Jerusalem
Audiobook (abridged)3 hours

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Published by HarperAudio

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars



About this audiobook

In From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times, 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 Tom Friedman, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism on right and left, Friedman puts all the operative currents into perspective with an inimitable specificity and clarity.

On Friedman's own remarkable journey from Beirut to Jerusalem, he writes, "This is a book about the people in Beirut and Jerusalem themselves, who were going through remarkably similar identity crises. Each was caught in a struggle between the new ideas, the new relationships, the new nations they were trying to build for the future, and the ancient memories, ancient passions, and ancient feuds that kept dragging them back into the past." From Beirut to Jerusalem is a major work of reportage, a much needed framework for understanding the Middle East, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Release dateNov 14, 2006

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Overview of Lebanon and Israel in the 1980's. Friedman's description of Israeli politics is very helpful and his description of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon bears startling resemblances to the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Even though this book is almost 20 years old it is extremely well written and gives the reader some excellent insights into the Arab-Israeli conflict.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    In Thomas Friedman's award winning book, we learn why the Middle East is so messed up. Friedman takes us from Minnesota to Beirut, where he is stationed as the Middle East correspondent for the New York Times. He lands in the middle of a complex civil war between Maronites, Sunni, Druse, and Shia motivated by a fight for political control of the minority Maronite over the majority Shia. We witness a naive American attempt to safeguard a peaceful end to the war only to see them get caught in the crossfire and leave in disgrace. We also see Israelis invade to defeat Yassir Arafat who has taken refuge there, but which leads to a mini- holocaust of Palestinians overseen by the Israelis in Southern Lebanon.