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Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror Paperback – January 15, 2008
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All in all, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is Mr. Goldberg's first book, and I hope he writes many more.
Later, working as a journalist based first in Jerusalem and then in Washington DC, the author travels often to Gaza and the West Bank to talk with Palestinians, many of them released prisoners, including his friend Rafiq. His conversations with Rafiq become a commentary on an accompanying account of the interlude of hope for resolution in the Oslo talks, the eventual collapse of the peace process, and the rise of suicide bombings. On both levels, it is a search for common ground that is as elusive as peace itself. The author clings to the hope that where friendship is possible between two men who cannot agree on anything else, coexistence is possible between Arabs and Jews.
This is a well written book that immerses the reader in the deeply bitter and violent conflict that has raged in this corner of the world for decades.Read more ›
Having also had dialogue with a muslim that I called friend for over more than 40 years I can attest to the great divide between us.it is hard for most people to understand that different cultures do not think alike regardless of what facts are presented.
other readers have found hope in this book which I am afraid I do not share.
unfair. Goldberg seems sincere in trying to understand other
points of view. I do think that fundamental issues have to be
considered. I was prompted to write because I saw an atticle in
today's (August 24, 2014) by this author about anti-Jewish
hostility in Europe. An interesting comment on this possibility
was made in 1944 by Hannah Arendt. It is on page 160 of Israeli acadrmic Idith Zertal's book "Israel's Holocaust and the
Politics of Nationhood" published by the Cambridge University
Press in 2005.
"Nationalism is bad enough when it trusts in
nothing but the rude force of the nation. A
nationalism that necessarily and admittedly
depends upon the force of a foreign nation
is certainly worse. That is the threatened fate
of Jewish nationalism and the proposed Jewish
State, surrounded inevitably by Arab states and
Arab peoples. Even a Jewish majority in
Palestine--nay, even a transfer of all Palestine
Arabs, which is openly demanded by (Zionist )
Revisionists--would not substantially change a
situation in which Jews must either ask protection
from an outside power against their neighbors or
effect a working agreement with their neighbors…
The Zionists, if they continue to ignore the
Mediterranean people and watch out only for
the big faraway powers, will appear only as
their tools, the agents of foreign and hostile
interests. Jews who know their own history
should be aware that such a state of sffairs will
inevitably lead to a new wave of Jew--hatred, the
anti--Semitism of tomorrow.Read more ›
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Difficult to follow the sequence of events.. Even my husband said so.
Maybe this book is written for men.. not a book, I'd read twice, recommend or leave in my library. Read more
I spent a great amount of time in this area of the world and found Jeff Goldberg "right on" in all the locations he experiences throughout the book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Janashii
All my relatives, father and 4 uncles, were members of the Soviet Army during WWII and fought Nazis occupying Soviet land; and Nazis and islamic fascists, lead by mufti of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mark Bernadiner
A must read about a young man's quest to live as a full and complete Jew in Israel as told through his own personal experiences as a journalist. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Fnm
This is what happens when shameless self-promotion, propaganda and bigotry are passed off a insight. You get something like this book.Published on January 30, 2013 by Poyan Nahrvar
Just as he does in his blog, Jeffrey Goldberg presents a nuanced picture of Israel from the perspective of a Zionist and lover of the Jewish people.Published on November 26, 2012 by Rivky Stern
The content itself receives a one star easily, but Jeffrey Goldberg's writing style and flow deserve a 4 or 5, hence I equal it out to a three in generosity. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Christopher M. Whitman Jr.
"Prisoners" is a very enjoyable read, but also incredibly educational. The author, Jeffrey Goldberg, isn't afraid of nuance, and the whole book is textured and very, very smart. Read morePublished on November 30, 2009 by Rebecca Goldsmith
This is a great book. It's compelling and very very interesting. But most of all, it helps you understand why everything you hear about the Middle East is basically simple-minded. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by Harold Talik