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From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essays

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In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo’s Al-Ahram Weekly, London’s Al-Hayat, and the London Review of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords through the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and present info ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Vintage (first published 2004)
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Simon Wood
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE LAST WORDS OF EDWARD SAID

It is a sign of the bankruptcy of the Israel lobby that they portrayed the late Edward Said as "The Professor of Terrorism". In the real world, as will be evident to anyone who reads "From Oslo to Iraq and the Roadmap" or any other of his Palestine writings, the mans commitment to justice, equality and democracy were deep and principled, and his criticism of the "armed struggle" trenchant, angry but (and it's no doubt the "but" that earns him the above sobriquet) al
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Justin
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: essays
Though I ultimately disagree with Said on his promotion of the so-called "one-state solution" for Israel, and I definitely have qualms about the "right of return" (an extraordinarily complex issue that Said tries to make all too simple), he makes many valid points in this book. He takes both Israeli and Palestinian leadership to task for their use of violence of all sorts, and strongly proclaims the possibility of a peaceful resolution. He is most convincing when he makes pleas for more communic ...more
Miranda
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of Said's essays was a really good read and my only reason for giving it 4 and not 5 stars was that I feel I don't quite know enough about the topics on which he writes to be truly critical of it and hence understand completely how good (or not) this book is. Said is scathing in his reviews of Thomas Friedman, whose book I actually really enjoyed and while he is openly Jewish, at the time I don't think I found it particularly anti-Arab in any way - it would certainly be worth a r ...more
siti
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection of Said's essays mainly on the Palestine-Israel issues. Said also demonstrates how US's war on Iraq and Afghanistan shows her ongoing support for Israel, far from the claim that US desires to bring in democracy to these states - a claim that Said also challenges. I appreciate the way these essays were arranged, there's a flow which as a person whose understanding of the conflict is still very shallow, it helps readers to understand the issue better. His last essay i ...more
Mr.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it liked it
I can't recommend this text to any reader new to Edward Said, check out Orientalism as its a much better introduction to his scholarly point of view. However, this is a fairly good collection of essays of the Middle East conflict, particularly the current "peace" process. Said provides excellent explanation and interpretation of the Camp David meetings and the Oslo accords, and also scrutinizes the Palestinian leadership. Said was a remarkable professor and and a virtuous man and I am sure his p ...more
Wizzard
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This collection of essays touched me. It is a powerful experience to read and follow the development of his political appeals. It raises many questions and will inspire the reader to learn more about Palestine.
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Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests
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“Not one of our political spokespeople—the same is true of the Arabs since Abdel Nasser’s time—ever speaks with self-respect and dignity of what we are, what we want, what we have done, and where we want to go. In the 1956 Suez War, the French colonial war against Algeria, the Israeli wars of occupation and dispossession, and the campaign against Iraq, a war whose stated purpose was to topple a specific regime but whose real goal was the devastation of the most powerful Arab country. And just as the French, British, Israeli, and American campaign against Gamal Abdel Nasser was designed to bring down a force that openly stated as its ambition the unification of the Arabs into a very powerful independent political force.” 4 likes
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