From Beirut to Jerusalem, Paperback Book
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A Second Edition of Thomas Friedman's stunning book, the first edition of which won the American National Book Award. 'If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it.' Seymour Hersh In this lucid, incisive and memorable book, acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, Friedman reaches deeper into the traumatic and complex recent history of the conflicts in the Middle East than any previous writer.

For this new edition, Friedman has added a further two chapters that bring the book up to 1995 and the unfolding - and stalling - of the Middle Eastern peace process.

From Beirut to Jerusalem is wonderully shrewd, surprisingly funny and indispensable to anyone seeking a fuller understanding of the political causes and psychological effects of the seemingly endless strife which besets this embattled region.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9780006530701

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Though this book is quite old at this point, it's amazingly up to date in the realities of the Arab/Israeli conflict. It's amazing how much he predicts several of the situations being observed now. Thomas Friedman really gets the Middle East in a way I haven't seen from any other American.

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This is an excellent read. The original edition was written in the 80s but reading it if feels like it could have been written yesterday. It contains great insights into the root causes of the issues that the world is facing in the middle east today. Thomas Friedman manages to be very objective and candid even though he is Jewish by birth. This is one of those books that you remeber no matter how long ago it was read. Small piece of trivia taken from the book "intifada= shake off" related to shake off the dependance on Israel.