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The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
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Nov 27, 10

bookshelves: non-fiction, near-east
Recommended to Patrick by: My dad
Read from November 18 to 26, 2010

This is an amazing book, and should be required reading in a host of circles. Although it reads very well as a story, it is all the more compelling for being non-fiction. The book presents a personalized view of the conflict (and concomitant struggle for peace) in Palestine/Israel. It is filled out with the historical timeline in such a way that what was for me largely a jumble of impressions for the news headlines, now has coherence as both history and the underlying passions.

If you have carefully followed the various sides of the Israel-Palestine debacle over the last 50 years, this may be old news. If you take an unfailingly pro-Israel position, the presentation of views from pro-peace Israelis and the Palestinians driven from their homes may be too upsetting to read. For the rest of us, this is essential material for understanding one of the great flash-points of our era.

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