The expanded and updated edition of David Shipler's
Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines the relationship, past and
present, between Arabs and Jews
In this monumental work, extensively
researched and more relevant than ever, David Shipler delves into the
origins of the prejudices that exist between Jews and Arabs that have
been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.
Focusing on the
diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and
Israeli-controlled territories, Shipler examines the process of
indoctrination that begins in schools; he discusses the far-ranging
effects of socioeconomic differences, historical conflicts between Islam
and Judaism, attitudes about the Holocaust, and much more. And he
writes of the people: the Arab woman in love with a Jew, the retired
Israeli military officer, the Palestinian guerrilla, the handsome actor
whose father is Arab and whose mother is Jewish.
For Shipler, and
for all who read this book, their stories and hundreds of others reflect
not only the reality of "wounded spirits" but also a glimmer of hope
for eventual coexistence in the Promised Land.