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Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 20, 2010
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I was very interested in finding out as much as I could about the Arab-Israeli conflict .
Apparently the Israeli side won , because I converted to Judaism , married an Israeli girl and have been here ever since .
This book impressed me because it is written by the son of an American diplomat , who grew up in Jerusalem , Saudi Arabia and Egypt , and was a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause .
Events which happened later in his life caused him to take a more balanced view of the conflict and to try to understand the tragedies on both sides which led to the current situation .
Highly recommended to those seeking a balanced view and fairly accurate historical account of the conflict .
This book succeeds at the delicate task of melding history and personal observations to evoke time and place, but more importantly to convey a sense of why so little progress has been made in untangling and addressing the long-standing grievances of so many in the region, and how deep-seated those grievances are. In fact, opportunities have been squandered time and again. However, such a clear-eyed disquisition offers the hope of greater comprehension, perhaps ultimately contributing to a fair and permanent resolution.
The book was recommended to me by an immigrant Armenian who lived in Jerusalem for many years. He believed the Bird interpretation was more correct than popular news accounts.
This book has inspired me to visit that part of the world some day and get some first hand information.
A good, entertaining read, too.
Kai Bird's books are all worth reading for any person interested in expanding one's knowledge on subjects that might not be considered mainstream but which have had a considerable impact on all Americans over the past several decades.