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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (227 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David K. Shipler Narrator: Robert Blumenfeld Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538484630
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Arab stereotype portrays the Jew as a brutal, violent coward. The Jewish stereotype portrays the Arab as a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental Pulitzer Prize–winning work, revised in 2002, David Shipler delves into the origins of these prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.

Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools, the far-ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, and the historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism. And he writes of the people: the Arab woman in love with a Jew; the retired Israeli military officer; the Palestinian guerrilla; the handsome actor whose father is Arab and mother is Jewish. Their stories reflect not only the reality of wounded spirits, but also a glimmer of hope for eventual coexistence in the Promised Land.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leaves no aspect of the complex Arab-Jewish relationship untouched…Presented in an abundance of narratives, anecdotes and conversations that never seem hackneyed.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The best and most comprehensive work there is in the English language on this subject.”

    New York Times

  • “Shipler has penetrated far into foreign feelings and foreign cultures. And he writes with great moral poise.”

    New Republic

  • “[The narrator] demonstrates his fluency with the languages and the inflections critical to them. Blumenfeld's tone is also ideal, mixing just the right amount of emotion and intensity and giving credibility to people and events, regardless of ethnicity…This performance is a ‘must’ for anyone who wants to know more detail than is typically found in the media.”

    AudioFile

  • “Thought-provoking, controversial, and timely.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • A 1986 New York Times Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd C. | 1/14/2014

    " Amazing how tangled this web is. If you think you know who is right and wrong here then you need to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamon | 1/6/2014

    " A good approach to explaining the Mid East Conflict, however Friedman from what I have read is much better. I have not read all of friedmans becasue I read this first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Mills | 1/2/2014

    " Probably one of the most beautiful books every written. Full of hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/28/2013

    " an unbelievably thorough history of the Israeli/Arab conflict. written over 20 years ago, but still relevant as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 12/23/2013

    " This book takes a very thoughtful approach on analyzing the situation by digging into the stereotypes that the two cultures often have for each other. I'm sure there are books out there that take a similar approach to other cultures as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 12/19/2013

    " Old but not totally irrelevant book on Palestine/Israel. Makes a lie of the frequent assumption that "things have always been that way" there. Ultimately hopeful. The hopefulness is probably a bit dated at this point, but still a useful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 12/18/2013

    " Really good book to read to get a more clear understanding of the background of the Arab Israeli conflict, particularly deep seeded stereotypes and feelings on both sides. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Borouchoff | 12/10/2013

    " Doesn't offer any clear answers, but is an excellent assessment of the juxtaposition of two cultures, their differences and their similarities, as well as their connections to the land. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clay | 12/1/2013

    " Very indepth. Horrific, yet unbiased. Good snapshot of relations in the region. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 7/29/2013

    " How complicated life is in the middle east. How difficult the future will be unless all parties learn the personal details of others and begin to share. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Stutzman | 4/9/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time. After reading this book I wanted to visit the Middle East and got me passionate about the issues of the Holy Land. It is well balanced, informative and reveals the personal level of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miquixote | 1/24/2013

    " Admirably tries to play neutral, but he ends up playing the middle ground too much. Time to admit apartheid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Derocher | 11/22/2012

    " I so wish our statespeople would read this book and act upon it. Non-bipartisonship is the only way the US will ever help this tortured land - that and getting rid of Netanyahu (who just got re-elected). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curtiss | 6/25/2012

    " An intimate look at the dilemma of the Middle East; with personal interviews on both sides of the issue, or rather on several sides of the issue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 5/28/2012

    " seems a non judgmental on a complex subject. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/13/2011

    " the best book I have read about the Palestine/Israel conflict "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/25/2011

    " I enjoyed the book. It provided a lot of specifics about the middle east conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JK | 10/28/2011

    " To those who've ever wanted to understand how complex the Israeli/Palestinian situation is, please read this. The saddest part of the book is when you finish it, turn to the copyright page, realize it was written in 1984 and that zero progress has been made since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 8/23/2011

    " FANTASTIC and informative. I've never learned so much. This book gives great insight into the depth of the looming problems in Israel and the East in general. If you want to understand more about terrorism and motives behind the hatred of things Jew and Western, you should read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 3/28/2011

    " Great read on the problems facing too many Americans. I'm impressed with the amount of time, patience and research that went into writing this book.

    I've never read anything by David K. Shipler, but very much enjoyed this book and plan to read more of his work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyera | 1/6/2011

    " This was a really good book and really got me thinking about the actual working people who still remain poor. Not all poor people take money from the government because they're lazy, but because they couldn't survive otherwise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zachary | 9/2/2010

    " A must read for anyone concerned about poverty and want in America. Not a polemic, but an even-handed approach to a daunting and complex subject. Excellent.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 7/8/2010

    " This books looks at all sides of the issue, being poor in america. Best of all it is "apolitical" critical of both the left and right. Highly recommended. "

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About the Author

David K. Shipler worked for the New York Times from 1966–1988, serving as Jerusalem bureau chief for five years. He won a George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1982 war in Lebanon and a DuPont-Columbia Award for his broadcast journalism coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He then joined the Washington bureau of The Times as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a feature writer.

About the Narrator

Robert Blumenfeld has recorded over two hundred audio books during his lengthy career. His theater credits include Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar WildeOthello, and The Purified Prince. His television and film credits include As the World TurnsSesame StreetUne Femme Ou Deux, and The Awful Truth. He is also the recipient of the 1999 Alexander Scourby Talking Book Narrator of the Year Award and the 1977 Special Tony Award from the National Theatre of the Deaf.