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Unsettled by Marc Aronson
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Jan 04, 09

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Marc Aronson, author of Race: A History Beyond Black and White, brings an unabashedly personal perspective to Unsettled, an accessible and thought-provoking history of the state of Israel. Though not Israeli himself, Aronson has strong family ties to the region. This sort-of-insider and sort-of-outsider status gives him a good vantage point from which to interrogate the ideologies and actions that echo through Israel's history. Though the story that Aronson tells is more-or-less historically linear, the book's chapter titles take the form of tough. provocative questions -- such as "Can Israel Occupy Conquered Lands and Be True To Its Ideals?" and "How can Israel be a Strong State, A Jewish Homeland, and Truly Democratic?" -- that drive the telling forward. Of course these questions cannot be answered definitively by anyone, but through his book Aronson delivers an even-handed and full yet remarkably clear exploration, grounded in reverence and respect for the ideals of Israel's beleaguered people.

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