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How to Make Peace in the Middle East in Six Months or Less: Without Leaving Your Apartment

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Gregory Levey’s modest goal is to solve the Middle East conflict—all by himself. After returning to North America following a stint in his midtwenties writing speeches for the Israeli government—first at the United Nations and then for the prime minister in Jerusalem—he thinks he is leaving the madness of the Middle East conflict behind. But nothing could be further from t ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Free Press (first published August 13th 2010)
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Pamela
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-club
I found this book too dovish and not hawkish enough. :)
Jill
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
As someone with embarrassingly limited knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this book was very approachable, and very entertaining to boot. Gregory Levey, after having found himself as a speech writer for the Israeli government, returns to the U.S. fed up with the relentless back-and-forth over the problems in the Middle East and sets out to solve the conflict himself. There is an undoubted imbalance in the book, with much more insight offered into the pro-Israel perspective, however, ...more
Wendy
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Ghada
I'm giving this book 4-stars not because it is high brow literature, but because I thought he did a nice job sharing a lot of information in a way that was interesting and entertaining. My main quibble with this book was that pretty much all of the sources that Levey accessed were from the pro-Israel side of the debate. The fact that he acknowledges this made me want to cut him a bit of slack since at least he was honest about it. I do kind of envy his network of contacts -- even though he compl ...more
Ariel Burbaickij
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Book is fine, it exhibits some of the more usual Litvak black humor one would expect (at least I did, maybe because of the similar background like: will M. Ross really have TIME magazine with him?, hypothetical filing for divorce on author's wife side after him parading around in peacemaker underpants in his parlor (this is how Israeli "salon" was translated) -- but indeed almost everything was attempted in this conflict (and genocide is cheating, indeed) so why not to try it with some black hum ...more
David
Sep 16, 2014 added it
Shelves: passion-pop, dnf
Made it about half way through then realised I had so many other books to read, why bother with one that was going nowhere and could likely be summed up in a couple of pages with "It will not happen, some views are irreconcilable, and groups outside of the middle east may hinder more than help the process." Oh well
Yasmin
Nov 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Gregory Levey brings humor to the Israel/Palestine issue while presenting various sides of the issue through a number of interviews. As he says at the outset, he (like anyone else would) brings his own biases to the table.
For the me the most interesting point he makes is how much people who don't live in the region care about what happens in Israel and Palestine. I'd recommend it if you want a quick, lighthearted look at different perspectives on the peace process without expecting anything lif
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Rebeccah Marrero
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
WHile I don't agree with his intentions or final conclusion, I really liked the tone the book was written in, providing humor along with seriousness in an inoffensive way. He also does an excellent job of explaining complicated situations to even a very uninformed reader. I felt the book starting to falter more as it came to a close but it was still a strong showing.
Samantha
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Sprinkled with worthwhile insights, overall the writing style is a little stream-of-consciousness for my taste.
Rachel
Jun 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Levey uses humor to deflect the seriousness of some of his subject matter without going over the top.
Zvia
Nov 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Greg Levey, future-husband, and talented writer. Loved it!! Let them make peace.
Steve
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very funny look at peace in the middle east.
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