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Posted July 16, 2001
There are times while reading this book that one feels in the hands of a first-rate middle-east journalist, a la Thomas Friedman. The writing can be colorful, and like Friedman, Chafets is at his best when he reduces historic personages and events into mundane terms. Unlike Friedman, though, Chafets is not an outsider, but an American that made Aliyah some thirty years ago. As a result, his writing has an odd mixture of reverence (especially for the common man of Israeli culture) and disillusionment. He has surely embraced its culture, though, it seems he has yet to choose a side, making the book more superficial than penetrating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.