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Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy (Updated Edition with a New Afterword) First Edition, Updated Edition with a New Afterword Edition
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"In the Middle East," writes Christison at the beginning of her book, "terminology shapes reality; it becomes a way of seeing reality, and, finally, it is reality."
This single line, perhaps better than any other, encapsulates the political landscape mapped by Christison's book, a well-referenced 293-page investigation of the sources of the US mindset that has shaped Middle East policies through twelve key presidencies from Wilson to Clinton.
"Perceptions on Palestine" analyses the state of knowledge of the president and key policymakers in each administration and the preconceptions with which they entered office, by examining - where available - their writings and the writings of those who most closely influenced them; by exploring coexistent popular attitudes towards the Middle East in the media, films, and literature; and by looking at how each administration was influenced by the prevailing conventional wisdom.
I would unhesitatingly recommend this book as a standard text for anyone wishing to understand the reason for the prolonged nature of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.
Perceptions of Palestine is highly effective in forcing the reader to sit back and reflect on their own views. It made me question to validity and objectivity of the information I receive every day on the middle east. I highly recommend this book as there are not many out there with such a unique and important argument.
This book has sent me to other sources and educated me at a time when i needed it desperately.
The only way to peace in the Middle East is through peace between Palestinians and Israelis and this book shows a side that no one wants to hear.
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I cannot recommend this book as a text EXCEPT as a negative example, of bias in print
The author's website seeks the dismantling of the Jewish State, on grounds of... Read more
This book is a beautifully crafted historical study of the "frame of reference" or mindset of Americans since early times toward the indigenous Arab people of Palestine --... Read morePublished 16 months ago by steve france
This was a gift purchased and the person really enjoyed getting this book, I will have to read it one day...after I read the twenty plus books I have stacked to read.Published on August 12, 2013 by Marilyn
For an overall view of exactly what happened, read an excellent first-hand account of a moderate Palestinian.Published on December 19, 2009 by K. Kline
Excellent source for anyone who would like to learn more & know the other side of the Palestinian / Israeli conflict.Published on October 9, 2009 by Khalil Dughaish
This book gave me a clear idea how in general Westerners (and especially Americans) are biased when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by Abu al-Sous
I am sick and tired to read recycled Arab propaganda that has nothing to do with reality. If you can still cope with it - buy the book.Published on March 30, 2006 by Ehud Duchovni
The Palestinian crusade against Israel is fueled by deception, anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism and the unapologetic rewriting of Middle East history. Read morePublished on September 17, 2003 by C
There is nothing objective about this book. The author subscribes to one-sided, conspiratorial views on events in the Middle East. Read morePublished on December 13, 2002 by myx0mop