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The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine

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In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between ...
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Overview

In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled: His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights and a hopeful, lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Esteemed African-American author Alice Walker has contributed a very moving and thoughtful Foreword to The General's Son.

The journey that Peled traces in this groundbreaking memoir echoed the trajectory taken 40 years earlier by his father, renowned Israeli general Matti Peled. In The General's Son, Miko Peled tells us about growing up in Jerusalem in the heart of the group that ruled the then-young country, Israel. He takes us with him through his service in the country's military and his subsequent global travels... and then, after his niece's killing, back into the heart of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians. The book provides a compelling and intimate window into the fears that haunt both peoples-- but also into the real courage of all those who, like Miko Peled, have been pursuing a steadfast grassroots struggle for equality for all the residents of the Holy Land.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935982159
  • Publisher: Just World Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 40,248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    This is a, ¿Must Read¿ book. (Also see Peled¿s video on Youtube.

    This is a, “Must Read” book.
    (Also see Peled’s video on Youtube.) This book is a true history lesson we Americans were in desperate need for because all “history books” used for educational purposes feed us our one sided version. The author’s father was a Zionist General in Israel. Peled is an example of a real person who didn’t go through life with blinders on so he wouldn’t see the devastation and blood. He didn’t accept everything his father or culture purported. He questioned and not only discovered the truth—He has now confronted it—and we need to do the same. We need to wake up to what we are about. What are we doing in the Middle East? Are we about Peace? Or are we about getting what we want? It’s time to stop the war mentality. It’s time to see how all media is being used to manipulate us. It gives us half-truths and one sided stories. We aren’t smarter for watching it. Before the facts are in, about McAfee, or WMD for example, it tells us over and over again, the version wanted. We aren’t shown the devastation the missiles cause. We only get to see the rubble. Believe, me, if you see the real news; it will wake you up. Keep up the good fight Mr. Peled. From, an American Muslim living in the Middle East since 1992.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

    A brilliantly written book by a very talented and courageous Isr

    A brilliantly written book by a very talented and courageous Israeli man. He takes you in a journey of success,  triumph, tragedy, saddness, frustration and hope. Loved every chapter, and it kept getting better and better. It is a must read for everyone. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    The auther explains the conflict in a fair and balanced way. Re

    The auther explains the conflict in a fair and balanced way.
    Readinf this book allows you to understand how the conflict started, and how it is maintained

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Sooo looking forward to reading this book....unfortunately B &am

    Sooo looking forward to reading this book....unfortunately B & N does not seem to carry this book at any of its stores in the area....Shame on you!!! I had to order it from *Amazon*. This is a VERY important read for today, listen up B&N!

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