Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
A New York Times Book Review Editorsâ€™ Choice
A teacher, a scholar, a philosopher, and an eyewitness to history, Sari Nusseibeh is one of our most urgent and articulate authorities on the conflict in the Middle East. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at the Hebrew University through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer the Arab Jerusalem, he has h
His view of Abu Jihad was laughable and either intellectually dishonest or overly naive. He claims Abu Jihad was a gentleman and basically never inflicted harm on a ...more
The Nusseibeh family arrived in Palestine in 638 AD. The family tree includes judges, mayors, orange-grove owners, and the keepers of the key to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The author has a front-row seat on the ...more
some of the passages that struck me:
"Freedom is not some innate quality stamped on our foreheads like a product bar code; nor is it something external like a particular passport or the right amount of money on the bank. Freedom is an expression of the will, and the amount you have of it, is in direct pr ...more
Sari Nusseibeh is the ultimate insider, and he draws on that vast experience to shed light on the prospects for peace in the Middle East. He patiently examines complex issues and offers enough nuances to please readers who want to understand the ongoing conflict on a deeper level. The author's relatively evenhanded stance (despite a less-than-flattering portrayal of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, as well as some contested historical details) distinguishes Once Upon a Country from ot...more
One of Nusseibeh's points that I apprec ...more
I did walk this am, but couldn't pry myself away from this history of the Arab world the rest of the day, particularly his immediate family's history in London/Jordan/Jerusalem. And worthy of mention, this book runs over 500 pages. I'm a fan of the Israeli's harsh response to attack. But, now I've seen that often they provoke that ...more
For some reason, I'm going through this at a glacial pace. There's something about the writing... is un-engaging a word? Can a narrative be *too* balanced? He's relentlessly chronological... maybe it will move more quickly when we get to his imprisonment.
I'm most intrigued by his discus ...more
Dr. Nusseibeh tells the story of his life and misadventures in peacemaking with grace and gentle humor, beginning with the Palestine of his and his parents' youth and ending rather abruptly with the building of the "Apartheid Wall." The son of a Palestinian diplomat, he is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard, professo ...more
It was also so good to read about the Palestians in a balanced and understanding way. Especially where some of the extremism comes from.
And yes even with the author trying to explain and bring a balanced view of the Isrealis as well.
This is a book worth reading to try have issues presented from both sides of the Isreali and Palestinian viewpoints.
I am reading another book on also an impartial author ...more
Next on my list: The Shepherd's Granddaughter. I want ...more
Sari Nusseibeh (Arabic: سري نسيبة)is a Palestinian professor of philosophy and president of the Al-Quds University in Jerusalem. Until December 2002 he was the representative of the Palestinian National Authority in Jerusalem.
Nusseibeh was born to the politician Anwar Nusseibeh who was a distinguished statesman, prominent in Palestinian and (after 1948) Palestinian-Jordanian politics and diplomacy ...more