From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem

by Thomas L. Friedman
From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem

by Thomas L. Friedman


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"If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it."—-Seymour M. Hersh

One of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism. In a new afterword, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. Rich with anecdote, history, analysis, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250034410
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 148,850
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist—the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of several bestselling and award winning books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem, The World Is Flat, Thank You for Being Late and Hot, Flat, and Crowded.


Washington, D.C. area

Date of Birth:

July 20, 1953

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota


B.A. in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, 1975; M.A. in Modern Middle East Studies, Oxford University, 1978

Table of Contents

A Middle East Chronology xi

Preface to the 2012 Edition xix

1 Prelude: From Minneapolis to Beirut 3


2 Would You Like to Eat Now or Wait for the Cease-fire? 21

3 Beirut: City of Versions 49

4 Hama Rules 76

5 The Teflon Guerrilla 106

6 Inside the Kaleidoscope: The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon 126

7 Poker, Beirut-Style 156

8 Betty Crocker in Dante's Inferno 187

9 The End of Something 212

10 Time to Go 243


11 Crosswinds 251

12 Whose Country Is This, Anyway? 284

13 The Fault Line 322

14 The Earthquake 366

15 Under the Spotlight 425

16 Israel and American Jews: Who Is Dreaming about Whom? 451


17 From Beirut to Jerusalem to Washington 493

18 Talking with My Grocer 512

19 Buying a Ticket 529

Afterword: Watching Elephants Fly 573

Acknowledgments 617

Index 621

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