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Coming Together, Coming Apart by Daniel Gordis
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Mar 06, 12

Read from February 20 to March 01, 2012

I was given this book to read before I spend a month in the Middle East. It's the story of an American family with school-age kids who emigrated to Israel in 2000 and their lives in Jerusalem during a very dangerous period of suicide bombings and terrorist attacks. It's part memoir, part op-ed, and quite a bit of rant.
I found it honest, frightening, funny, and poignant but would have liked the book to have been more tightly edited. I learned much about Israeli politics and the internal difficulties and disagreements over how to deal with the terrorism. In the middle, Arafat passed away and the war calmed down a lot.
I'm very glad I have read Coming Together, Coming Apart before I leave as the insights will enhance my visit and interviews with Jewish, Christian, and Moslem Israelis.

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