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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (May 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419692437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419692437
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Israel Adam Shamir is a leading Israeli writer and intellectual turned dissident. He served as paratrooper in the army and fought in the 1973 war, has reported for the Haaretz, the BBC, and major media. He was a parliamentary spokesman for the Israeli Socialist Party, but later became disenchanted with Zionism. He called for dismantling the exclusivist Jewish State, and for full equality of a Jew and Gentile in all of Palestine/Israel. He was received in the Orthodox Church of the Holy Land in 2003, after being baptized by Archbishop Theodosius Attala Hanna. His books Galilee Flowers and Cabbala of Power were published in many languages and countries. He also translated the Renaissance Jewish chronics The Book of Lineage and the Odyssey of Homer. He is hailed as one of the great humanists of our time. Shamir’s website is www.israelshamir.net . He lives in the mixed Jewish-Arab town of Jaffa on the Mediterranean shore described in his stories. Shamir (60) is father of three sons.

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P. BENNETT on July 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
To start with, a physical description: This is a large book, 695 pages
of large, easy-to-read type on good, thick high-quality paper. It has
wide margins along the spine, so it's comfortable to read. Since the
contents of the book are short stories, you don't have to be a scholar
to digest this tome. Each chapter is an essay that stands on its own two
feet. The stories are almost all concerned with the current state of
affairs on this little planet of ours, and every one is capable of
changing your view of the world. You think you can't be touched by a
writer? You think your views are so set in stone that no essayist might
break through and make your head spin? You have not read Israel Shamir.
It starts with a simple and honest interview where Shamir sets out his
biases for everyone to see. There are no hidden agendas here. He then
takes off on a whirlwind tour of the world, starting from his home base
Israel-Palestine where he begins to set to rights our distorted
world-views. We learn little of Israeli internal politics by listening
to CNN, Foxnews, NPR, and the rest. Shamir gives us a crash course in
the Israeli political scene, with its powerful new immigrants reshaping
the political spectrum, and the old elites trying to maintain the status
quo. He then shows how these old Israeli elites are misusing their
positions to enlist international support for their cause. We are then
treated to a series of Hopeful Journeys, where we can see positive
examples of countries beset by these pressure groups and yet resist. We
see using Shamir's eyes, how the darkness is turned to light, how the
corruption can be made clean. Corruption. That brings us to the essays
on The Left.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Santomauro on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a most impressive book on the Left and Right, on the world as it is today, from Cuba to Malaysia, and about the Masters of media owners who dictate our agenda. It includes some of Shamir's most controversial essays.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Spritzler on August 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
Masters of Discourse is a collection of insightful, delightful and often brilliant short essays written over a number of years by Israel Shamir. Like a growing number of people around the world who are furious at the mistreatment of Palestinians by the government of Israel, I have been reading these essays of Shamir as they have arrived in my email inbox for years. They have forced me to re-think my own views: Jews who swear they are for "equality" but who defend the opposite when it comes to Palestinians seemed to me to be a paradox; Shamir's explanation was an eye-opener--that words like "equality" for such Jews really just mean "what's good for the Jews." Shamir's essays develop his "all humans are equal" philosophy with an unrelenting, take-no-prisoners attack on Jewish tribal attitudes, which I find wonderfully inspiring and clarifying. Whether the essays are about topical events or diverse historical events about which Shamir seems to have encyclopedic knowledge, it is always a refreshingly jolting experience to read them because they clash so violently with the unprincipled Newspeak garbage that rains down on us 24/7 from our mass media. And yet, for all the aggressiveness and logic of his message, Shamir's language is sometimes close to poetry. Even when I disagree with his message, as I sometimes do, I feel enriched just from my delight at the manner of his expressing it. Here, for example, is how Shamir recently explained his negative attitude towards the "9-11 was an inside job" view: "Thus a man who has spent a passionate night with a mysterious blonde, may be reluctant to admit that she was sent by the CIA." Masters of Discourse is a great read.
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