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From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman
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Jul 13, 2010

really liked it
Read from May 25 to July 14, 2010

"From Beirut to Jerusalem" was an interesting read. It centers on the author's experiences in those two cities during some of the most violent, and transformative, moments in the 20th century. After explaining what happened in the region, he continues on towards analysis and a sort of epilogue. Although the book is easy to read, it does take time since you will want to absorb what is being told. There are momements in "From Beirut to Jerusalem" that are very impactful and Friedman writes about them very well, such as what happened to his apartment in Beirut during the civil war and the stone throwing incident in Jerusalem, along with him coming to the realization that if he had changed his routine slightly he might have faced an untimely end. A significant portion of the book is indeed devoted to what is going on in Lebanon, but the majority of narrative centers mostly around Israel and how Jews as a whole are trying to reconcile their religion, globalization, and politics. In this sense, I was a little disappointed, but Friedman offers excellent insight into these areas.

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