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Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman
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The story told by Matti Friedman of the young Jewish State is one that is not often told. I was riveted by the untold tales of the young Jews of Arabic origin and their relationship to the emerging country of Israel. Friedman ties together the lives of these young men as they went deeply undercover utilizing their unique cultural and language skills, inherent to people who were born and raised in Syria and other Arabic countries.

Most importantly for the reader, Friedman shows us how their contributions and those of similar Mediterranean upbringing, were quickly cast aside by the prevailing stories of a young country whose narrative was one of European refugees, the holocaust, Hebrew instead of Arabic, and a cultural, not religious, form of Judaism.

Truly, this is a history which needs exploring. Friedman's exploration does have some troublesome issues. He tends to jump backwards and forwards in time with little warning or segue. Also, I found that his sometimes conversation style of writing lessened the impact of his overall storytelling.
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Reading Progress

November 27, 2018 – Started Reading
November 27, 2018 – Shelved
December 3, 2018 – Finished Reading

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