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Walking Israel: A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation Hardcover – September 28, 2010
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Acclaimed for his fearless broadcast journalism, Fletcher here visits not the tense battle line dividing Jew from Arab in Israel’s eastern sector but rather the peaceful western coastline, a surprisingly complex region where fascinating human stories unfold outside of the media limelight. Peopled by a colorful array of characters, these stories define the cultural landscape the author traverses in journeying by foot from Lebanon to Gaza: learning from a friendly Jewish geologistexplaining fossilized tree roots near Achziv; considering with a Christian Arab guide a four-faced clock in Acre’s Old Town; surveying the streets of Jaffa, where Muslim women dressed in long dresses and head coverings jostle against Jewish women in shorts and T-shirts. This kaleidoscope of perspectives allows readers to glimpse an Israel too complex to reduce to the familiar script for interethnic strife. To be sure, Fletcher encounters reminders of that strife. But he also encounters heartening evidence that open-minded individuals—Jewish and Arab—can surmount the walls of prejudice and hate. A much-needed corrective to media stereotypes. --Bryce Christensen
“Extraordinary…nothing else like it. There is no better guide. Indispensable for understanding Israel.”
--Brian Williams, NBC News
“Martin Fletcher is more than the consummate journalist. He is a master storyteller. In Walking Israel he gives us a special gift - a real sense of himself and his passion for the land and the people who are much more than the sum of their conflicts. This book offers a sense of place about a country so many around the world love.”
--David Gregory, Moderator, "Meet the Press"
"Spectacular and unique."
--The Jewish Herald Voice
“This book is about the other Israel, the Israel that the news organizations... ignore on the way to covering yet another tragedy.”
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Although it made the reading more interesting, I'm not so sure I wanted to know that Martin stole what he thought was an artifact (he learned later that it wasn't) and that he gave his phone number to a recently divorced woman he met on his journey for a purpose that may be innocent (but probably not when he gave it to her).
Still, if you would like to gain a little more insight into Israeli thought (both Arab and Jewish) this book is an informative read.
Martin Fletcher thought he knew Israel, having spent many years as the NBC
Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv. But as he embarks on his personal quest to walk
the entire coast, he soon discovered that there was much more going on under
the surface than he ever imagined. As Fletcher explores this ancient land in his
own inimitable fashion, the people and culture of contemporary Israel comes
The references to sex are not needed in this book--not at all and actually distract from the overall point of the book. I would say that the sex scenes are gratuitous.
The book reads very well-the author is a journalist. I did feel that he wrote the book to sell it, to make money, not really to offer the reader any new insights. UNLESS, you have never been to Israel or met Israeli's--if so, then you need to read the book. Nancy S
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After the map fiasco on MSNBC Fletcher showed after 40 and some odd years covering the region he apparantly doesn't have...Read more