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How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less Paperback – August 30, 2011
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But, once there, the author sees the nuances and complications present in all matters. Case in point: her blood starts to boil when she first takes sight of the wall. Far from ignoring it or giving it an impassioned defense, Sarah's guide gives the wall a review from both sides ("My personal opinion is that, while hate how it hurts many people, every day that I wake up and there's no attack on the news, I think about the wall.") Her take: it was "refreshing to hear [him] speak of the negative aspects of the wall without being prompted." This exchange is emblematic of what you'll find throughout the book.
Sarah Glidden has crafted a fine remembrance of her trip. It speaks to the book's authenticity that other reviewers on these pages that have taken the same trip vouch for her accuracy. The work is heightened by her excellent drawings...especially her annotated maps.
Sarah is Jewish and lives in New York. From afar she reads and keeps up with the Palestine/Israel conflict. But in order to truly understand it and see if her own opinions/beliefs are right, she and a friend join a heritage tour group. They travel to Israel and here Sarah holds "trial" in her mind at various stops, weighing what she is hearing with what she believes to be the truth. But along the way she discovers something...about the people that surround her and even more about herself.
Sarah does an excellent job of being honest with herself and her opinions. And this is a must read for anyone, regardless of age, gender, or religion.
Sarah knows how to describe and draw the emotions so accurately that I felt like I was there with her. Like the author, I recently took my first trip to Israel. I wanted to go there because I wanted to see where all the action happened. I wanted to enjoy the experience Sarah described so vividly of Masada, wondering what the "real" story was and the unforgettable moments going up to Jerusalem. I only had a 22-day trip and stayed in luxury hotels, so I missed some of the experiences of waking up out in the wilderness. I didn't get to know many Israeli natives as she and Melissa did, although I did spend quite a bit of time with the 3-4 that I did meet. I wanted to see the places where Jesus lived. I wanted to see the country that God chose for His own special purposes. We aren't so different though, because I also looked at faces and wondered where they were coming from and what they were thinking. Sometimes I misinterpreted a scowl, because I read too much into it. I too had places I would love to have gone and would probably have been fine, but chose not to, not really because I was afraid (I was with strangers for several weeks in a strange country that people are often afraid to visit), but just because. Even though we are so different in age and spiritual beliefs, I could physically feel the process she was going through about whether to go to a certain place or not.
She got to tour the Old City in Jerusalem without a guide, as I would have loved to have done.Read more ›
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Really good! If you've ever considered taking a heritage trip to Israel, read this first... She takes you step by step into her experience, inside and outside. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Joan Dobbie
the idea that this is a fair, balanced, self aware look at the conflict through the eyes of a liberal Jew on a birthright trip is far from true. Read morePublished 15 months ago by mungeeman
If you're new to traveling to Israel, especially with teenage kids, this is a great book to read before you go (and maybe while you're there). Read morePublished 17 months ago by ccripley
I like Gidden's book very much. An excelent way to learn what young Jewish people go thru on the birthright visits to Israel.Published 20 months ago by herb alfasso
My feelings about this book are mixed. If I view it as a graphic novel of a personal experience, Sarah Glidden's birthright tour, it is very successful in describing what happened,... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David A. Seruyange
An interesting way to address the "situation" in Israel. Sarah is a teen on a typical Birthright Israel tour. Read morePublished 22 months ago by B. J. Taylor
I strongly identified with her apprehensions about the situation and the birthright trip. I'm going on mine in August and I feel more prepared since reading this. Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Lara H.
This book is based on a trip made to Israel by its author-protagonist. Such a trip was paid by an organization that invites young people of Jew ascendency to visit their country in... Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Rodolfo S. Filho
This is a very attractively drawn graphic novel. Sarah Glidden is a very good story- teller and has a good ear for dialogue and a nice sense of humor. Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Shalom Freedman