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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5,252 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas L. Friedman Narrator: Thomas L. Friedma Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In From Beirut to Jerusalem, Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree, has drawn on his decade in the Middle East to produce the most trenchant, vivid, and thought-provoking book yet on the region.

No issue in international politics has been more hotly debated than the Arab-Israeli conflict. And no reporter has illuminated both the conflict and the rhythms of life in the Middle East with more immediacy and brilliance than Tom Friedman, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism on right and left—Friedman puts all the operative currents into perspective with an inimitable specificity and clarity.

On Friedman’s own remarkable journey from Beirut to Jerusalem, he writes, “This is a book about the people in Beirut and Jerusalem themselves, who were going through remarkably similar identity crises. Each was caught in a struggle between the new ideas, the new relationships, the new nations they were trying to build for the future, and the ancient memories, ancient passions, and ancient feuds that kept dragging them back into the past.” From Beirut to Jerusalem is a major work of reportage, a much needed framework for understanding the Middle East, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most intelligent and comprehensive account one is likely to read.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fascinating…Friedman has mastered his subject.” 


  • “A complex, illuminating vision written with a novelist’s eye for the telling detail and a reporter’s knack for the revealing quote.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “A sparkling intellectual guidebook…An engrossing journey not to be missed.” 

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A book that must be read by all who are concerned about the present and future of a part of our world to which Western civilization has always been, and will continue to be, vitally connected.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Perhaps no other book written for a popular audience has so successfully explained the unexplainable…This book is an annotated road map to the past, and a brilliant crystal ball for the future.” 

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1989 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1989 Cornelius Ryan Award
  • A 1989 New York Times Best Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phoebe | 2/17/2014

    " I read this during my trip to (surprise!) Israel. Friedman's easy, anecdotal style is a treat, really easy to grasp considering the depth and breadth of the book. This provided a great context for my trip, especially considering its age; understandably, he touches on many issues that my Birthright-trip organizers didn't want to discuss, but that I now consider integral to understanding several aspects of Israeli life, particularly Israeli military life. I plan to pick up more of his stuff soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe | 2/16/2014

    " An excellent book from a knowledgeable and experienced journalist. This was also a great primer on modern middle-east history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sam A. | 2/15/2014

    " Thomas Friedman exhibits his spectacular understanding of the Levant region politics in this well-written account. This book is great for anyone interested in the Middle East, politics, or journalism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Shawn | 2/14/2014

    " Even if you're not interested in Israeli/Lebanese/Syrian politics, this is a profound work of journalism and reflection on human tragedy. Friedman is a masterful writer whose style casual wit and enthusiastic articulation. An absolute pleasure to read. Whatever your views towards the solutions suggested in the final chapters, very few works rival this one in scope and to-the-point frankness. "

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