5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2002
Imagine you've lived in New York for a decade and so you decide you really know the place well enough to write a book - let's call it "Into the Heart of New York".
Now let's imagine that as the author you decide to almost completely ignore the artistic, cultural, gastronomic, political, literary and musical contribution of New York's huge Jewish population.
That should give you an idea of what the Arlynn Nellhaus
book "Into the Heart of Jerusalem" is like.
Nellhaus is a keen far right wing supporter of Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and openly despises left wing Israelis who feel Israel should give up land for peace with the Palestinians.
That same political contempt permeates this book which rather than delve into the heart of this beautiful, fascinating and divided city, gives a most superficial, polemic and disappointing picture that would leave any outsider ill informed.
A reader might just wonder what contribution the city's quarter of a million Arabs make at all. That's probably what Nellhaus had in mind.
Leave this one in the bargain bin.