Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

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by David K. Shipler, Robert Blumenfeld
     
 

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The Jew, according to the Arab stereotype, is a brutal, violent coward; the Arab, to the prejudiced Jew, is a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental work, revised and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, nationalism, and the failure of the… See more details below

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The Jew, according to the Arab stereotype, is a brutal, violent coward; the Arab, to the prejudiced Jew, is a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental work, revised and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the origins of the prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, nationalism, and the failure of the peace process.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Jew, in the Arab stereotype, is a brutal, violent coward; the Arab, to the prejudiced Jew, is a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. There is remarkable symmetry in these images, as Shipler (Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams points out in this hefty mixture of reportage, personal histories, interviews and scholarship. An act of courage and clarity, the book is an important contribution to the literature on the Middle East. The New York Times correspondent shows how Israeli Jews deny the reality that Palestinian Arabs are victims of forcible displacement and expulsion from what was once their homeland; he describes how a ``synthetic Israeli history'' is taught to Jewish schoolchildren, while Palestinian boys and girls in the refugee camps are taught militant rhetoric and hatred. Shipler explores the corrosive effects of terrorism by both sides, the zeal of Islamic fundamentalists, as well as that of Israeli ultraconservatives. BOMC and History Book Club alternates; first serial to the New York Times Magazine. (September 24)
Library Journal
int affairs The political and military dimensions of the middle Eastern crisis are the common stuff of headlines and books; Shipler focuses instead on the human dimension. In portraits of Arabs and Jews from all walks of life and political perspectives, he examines the ``attitudes, images, and stereotypes that Arabs and Jews have of one another, the roots of their aversions, and the complex interactions between them. . . .'' The effects of war, nationalism, terrorism, religion, and history come to life, illuminated by Shipler's insights drawn from his five-year residence in Jerusalem and his wide reading. While he concludes with a dream of a peaceful society growing out of direct links among the youth of the two groups, he offers no promise that such a dream can survive the hatred, fear, and pain. Highly recommended. Elizabeth R. Hayford, President, Assoc. Colls. of the Midwest, Chicago
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“The best and most comprehensive work there is in the English language on this subject.”
New York Times           
 
“Powerful… Remarkable freshness and originality… Leaves no aspect of the complex Arab-Jewish relationship untouched… Presented in an abundance of narratives, anecdotes, and conversations that never seem hackneyed.”
New York Times Book Review 
 
“A rich, penetrating, and moving portrayal of Arab-Jewish hostility, told in human terms.”
Newsday
 
“Finally a Western journalist has left the experts and the elites for the people themselves. Shipler has penetrated far into foreign feelings and foreign cultures. And he writes with great moral poise.”
New Republic
 
“Critical yet compassionate, Arab and Jew offers a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to learn about these neighbors and enemies living uneasily side by side.”
USA Today
 
“With an eye for detail and subtleties, Shipler provides anecdotes that are rich in meaning.”
Israel Today
 
“The picture Shipler paints is chilling.... Poignant.”
Chicago Tribune
 
“A superb journalistic meditation that captures the Middle East’s mirror image of intolerance.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786160853
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Edition description:
Unabridged, 22 CDs, 1650 minutes
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 5.78(h) x 1.48(d)

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"The best and most comprehensive work there is in the English language on this subject." - Walter Laqueur, The New York Times

"A rich, penetrating, and moving portrayal of Arab-Jewish hostility, told in human terms." - Newsday

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