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From Beirut to Jerusalem By Thomas L. Friedman From Beirut to Jerusalem This is 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

  • Title: From Beirut to Jerusalem
  • Author: Thomas L. Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780385413725
  • Page: 148
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Beirut to Jerusalem By Thomas L. Friedman This is 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
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    1. Brendan on said:

      If you re sick and tired of what a pedantic wind bag Thomas Friedman has become since his stupid lexus olive tree epiphany, take a trip back to when he was less pedantic, less wind baggish, and could make a point without the use of a dozen unnecessary, self aggrandizing anecdotes.From Beirut to Jerusalem is entertaining, well written, poignant, and a great primer to middle eastern Israeli Palestinian affairs The Beirut section of the book is a bit better than the Jerusalem section I get the feel [...]

    2. K on said:

      According to one cynical reviewer, From Beirut to Jerusalem offers some insight into two sets of idiots killing each other over a piece of dirt My instinctive reaction when I read this was to feel sorry for this reviewer who clearly doesn t know what it means to have a homeland, and to be so deeply invested in it as to be willing to die for it My husband pointed out that the reviewer may actually know what it s like to have a homeland What the reviewer doesn t know is what it s like to have it t [...]

    3. Lisa (Harmonybites) on said:

      It was an Israeli friend who told me that if I wanted to understand today s Middle East, I should read this book The author is well qualified as a guide to the region s complexities Friedman, who is Jewish and studied Hebrew as a child, as a teen spent a vacation in an Israeli Kibbutz He started studying Arabic as well, and fell in love with Egypt after a two week visit on his way to a semester at Hebrew University Less than two years later he was taking Arabic courses at the American University [...]

    4. Mike on said:

      I used to follow and read Thomas Friedman s columns regularly Thought he was a pretty interesting guy even if I didn t subscribe to his politics But he became a bloated, pompous caricature of a journalist as he turned out junk like The World is Flat, The Sky is Blue, The Sea is Salty well maybe the last two aren t real but he has a bunch of similar sounding books I decided to go back to his first book From Beirut to Jerusalem to see how he got his start I figured it would be a less slanted, unb [...]

    5. Hải Lưu on said:

      S ng ng, tr n y th ng tin, ch n th c th ch a r , nh ng c r t h p d n

    6. Adam on said:

      Knowing nothing or Friedman I found it interesting that I was ridiculed for having this book in hand I guess that s what you get for bringing Neo Con Zionist literature to an internship in Palestine My only prior knowledge of the book was that it covered the recent history of the Middle East with a heavy emphasis on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict I thought I d dive in for a bit of education During the first half of the book, Friedman s profession is made very clear, both through his writin [...]

    7. Thành on said:

      Trong 10 n m s ng v l m vi c c a m nh trung ng, Thomas Friedman tr i qua nh ng kho ng kh c v b c ngo t l ch s t i y.V i 5 n m u s ng t i Be ut, Friedman c ch ng m t Tam Qu c Di n Ngh a Trung ng u nh ng n m 80 Nh ng l a t c thay cho tam qu c v xung t l i ch thay cho di n ngh a.Sau khi c NYT thi n chuy n n Jerusalem, Friedman d nh 5 n m ti p theo cu c cu c i t m hi u v s ng cu c s ng c a m t ng i Do Th i, tr n m t t n c Do Th i, v c ng a s c v nhi u bi n c C th c ng i cho r ng Friedman l ng i Do T [...]

    8. Noah on said:

      I am woefully ignorant of most of the conflicts in the Middle East, and even though the information in this book is pretty dated, it offers a useful window into the dynamics in Lebanon and Israel Friedman writes with restraint and insight, and has some truly great pieces of analysis, like the chapter on Israel and Jewish identity Now if he could only stop indulging his analogy fetish Which one is it, Tom Is the Middle East like an ice cream cone, or is it like The Great Gatsby Make up your mind

    9. Carli on said:

      I m not a huge fan of Friedman lately, but this book is great I thought the section on Beirut to be autobiographical in terms of relating directly to his experience as a journalist there Meanwhile, the Jerusalem section seemed broad I can t help but wonder I m sure I can read his NY Times column if I wanted to find out how he views events since post assasination of Rabin, premiership of Netanyahu, second intifada At any rate, this is a must read for anyone interested in that area of the world. [...]

    10. Dave on said:

      A very insightful book that tells the story of two different cultures at odds, not just with one another, but with themselves He draws parallels between these two disparate societies by focusing on each one s search for identity In addition to the politics, greed, and the arrogant assumption that cruelty can be justified by an invisible sociopath in the sky described in this book, the author also beautifully conveys the dignity and sanity of which human beings are capable, even in the worst situ [...]

    11. Nick Black on said:

      I started reading this once before, then had it stolen by Mike Reacquired at Borders, 2008 04 08Well, I very much disliked The World is Flat, but this was pretty awesome Not at all a history, per say although you ll get a good glimpse of the 80 s era, especially the Beirut troubles and the Arafat era prior to the first intifada , but a pretty solid memoir of a fascinating time and place.

    12. Chris Hall on said:

      I can understand why the Middle East is the way it is now Friedman was boots on the ground in both Beirut and Jerusalem in the 1980s as a reporter for the New York Times An excellent writer, he keeps you engaged and draws thought provoking analogies and conclusions throughout the book I d highly recommend it to anyone interested in the region.

    13. Sara on said:

      This is a great book I like the writing style and I learned a lot Friedman is extremely well informed and his first hand experiences are truly interesting Just be aware that it covers a limited period of time, and is very much an exposition of Friedman s own perspective.

    14. Naina on said:

      This is his only good book It s a good account of the middle east at the time that he was staioned in Beirut and the writing quality is far better than his current books It s a great primer if you need middle east politics background

    15. brian on said:

      it s easy to laugh at friedman he s an intellectual lightweight , he s a diehard optimist , blahblahblah put simply this is always my first recommendation for anyone curious to read about the middle east that s because it s fucking great should be required reading.

    16. Emily on said:

      This was required reading for one of my undergrad poli sci classes, and it s very good Anyone who s interested in learning about the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict should read it.

    17. Radwa Sharaf on said:

      If you switch out Beirut for Damascus , most of the stories would still apply The sentence I liked the most was Arabs constantly live under an IBM protocol Inshallah, Bokra, Ma3lesh

    18. Dr.J.G. on said:

      Friedman s life, work and impressions of the two places when he was stationed there during the eighties, the work is informative in detail in ways than one horrors such as Hama and confusion of Lebanon are not this well known to those not of the nations involved, for example and very worth reading Even as one reads these accounts one wonders at the cry against the comparatively smaller details of events elsewhere due to the democratic nature of the nations and culture in the said elsewhere plac [...]

    19. Nahed Elrayes on said:

      More or less agree with Edward Said 1989 On the face of it, From Beirut to Jerusalem is a reporter s journal of a decade in the Middle East spent first as UPI correspondent for a couple of years, then as New York Times bureau chief in two major centers Between 1979 and 1984 Friedman was stationed in Beirut where he covered the civil war, the Israeli invasion of 1982, and the country s tragic dissolution thereafter He then moved to Jerusalem traveling rather ostentatiously across the Lebanese Isr [...]

    20. Ryan Schnier on said:

      Thomas Friedman s From Beirut to Jerusalem is an extremely informative yet incomplete book about the origins of the Israel Palestine conflict It tracks the author s growing disillusionment with Israel and its policies, as he progresses from a young zionist to someone that sympathizes with the Palestinian cause As a result, this book the second half, in particular tells the Palestinian narrative of the Israel Palestine conflict, holding Israel to a higher moral standard without serious regard to [...]

    21. Matt on said:

      Friedman s book is easily one of the best primers on the history of the conflict in the mideast I have mixed feelings about Friedman as a columnist, but this book is built on his time as a journalist in the region first as a reporter in Beirut, then later as bureau chief in both Beirut and Jerusalem His time in the region over a decade means From Beirut To Jerusalem has an impressive level of comprehensiveness While the depth of Friedman s reporting is one of the main strengths of the book, I al [...]

    22. Onkar on said:

      I always wanted to know the background on Israel Palestine conflict so I picked up this book Thomas Friedman writes with clarity and since he spent a large chunk of his time in both sides of the conflict, he has certain authority in the matter The book is split in two parts, first one explains the horrors faced by Beirut and second one talks about an alarming situation in Jerusalem Even if this books is set in the 80s, it still does a great job in explaining the conflict If you are interested in [...]

    23. Susan O on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, but so when I realized it was memoir rather than history Friedman is writing about his time as a journalist in Beirut and Jerusalem roughly between 1979 and 1989 He was in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war and the Israeli invasion, intended to drive out Arafat and the PLO, and moved on to Jerusalem in time for the first intifada, beginning in 1987 I enjoyed the first half of the book and feel that he did a better job in it of simply reporting the circumstances wi [...]

    24. Hanna on said:

      The setup of the book is great a juxtaposition of Beirut and Jerusalem Israel by someone who has spent substantial time in both places but I take issue with some of its stylistic aspects I understand Friedman s forte is journalism, not literature, and I believe this was his first full length book, but I found some of his metaphors and similes unacceptably tenuous a burglarized mansion symbolizing Israel subjected to violent terrorism seriously bombs killing children are nothing like stolen china [...]

    25. Amy on said:

      This is an excellent read Friedman is an eloquent writer The first half of the book is a riveting account of Friedman s stay in Beirut between 1979 1984 as a journalist for the New York Times He doesn t try to prove points, but rather makes observations that are reinforced by his actual experiences and a plethora of data he collects, whether this data be a formal interview, a casual conversation, or overhearing a TV or radio ad These observations all come together to paint an impression of Beiru [...]

    26. Paul, on said:

      This is a really eye opening book, especially for someone of my generation Most of the events in this book happened before I was born or while I was a toddler, and our public education system tends to ignore other countries So, Friedman provides a thoughtful, insightful analysis of the Middle Eastern problem He gives a lot of background and makes it interesting by including his own personal experiences with terrorist bombing and hijackings His personal knowledge of events really shines through T [...]

    27. EJ Johnson on said:

      Like MJ said this book took longer to read then most I almost quit midway through because I was getting bored But I am glad I finished Thomas Friedman was a reporter in first Beirut and then Jerusalem for about a decade 1979 to 1988 It was very interesting to get first hand accounts of what was happening during that time Mr Friedman shows his polically left leanings than once in the book but I still felt that he worked hard to report objectively while in the book sharing his feelings and ideas [...]

    28. Marit on said:

      This was recommended to me by a friend as a must read for anyone interested in Israeli politics or history And I agree This was Friedman before he became the self aggrandizing, pompous though still very smart writer he is today I liked how Friedman structured his book, moving back and forth between small, intimate stories and large world politics, and shifting the focus from Beirut to Jerusalem but constantly weaving in other details, historical tidbits, etc to make a very vivid, fleshed out tel [...]

    29. Joseph on said:

      These days, Friedman is possibly the single worst prose stylist with column space in a major newspaper But before self aggrandizing anecdotes, painfully mixed metaphors, and banal truisms were added to his arsenal, he wasn t half bad And here, he s damn good Dealing with the Middle East, he weds a lifelong obsession to on the ground experience the result being one of the most riveting nonfiction reads I ve had in a while Objective without being passionless, personal without being self absorbed i [...]

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