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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Dockser Marcus Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2007 ISBN: 9781400173617
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Searching for the origins of the Arab-Israeli conflict, historians for years focused on the British Mandate period (1920-1948). Amy Dockser Marcus, however, demonstrates that the bloody struggle for power actually started much earlier, when Jerusalem was still part of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism laid the groundwork for the battles that would continue to rage nearly a century later. Nineteen thirteen was the crucial year for these conflicts-the year that the Palestinians held the First Arab Congress and the first time that secret peace talks were held between Zionists and Palestinians. World War I, however, interrupted these peace efforts. Dockser Marcus traces these dramatic times through the lives of a handful of the city's leading citizens as they struggle to survive. A current events must read in our ongoing efforts to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Download and start listening now!

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  • Joyce Bean [makes] it a story about people, and her inflections make the principals seem human without giving them theatrical characters. Her motherly voice disarms a subject so controversial it has caused unending war. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stanislav Sokolenko | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting for the vast amount of primary sources cited but too editorialised to be taken at face value. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.r. Sune | 12/2/2013

    " I obviously enjoy the story of the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews is , but I fancy the vividness of the author's description of Jerusalem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Kim | 11/21/2013

    " Focuses on the Ottoman empire's time controlling Jerusalem. Explores how political and social divides started between Arabs and Jews in early 20th century Jerusalem. Interesting general read, not propaganda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 10/30/2013

    " Great topic... but jumps around a lot and can be hard to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 10/14/2013

    " Interesting insights and history into the Zionist movement to create a Jewish state. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Curran | 10/1/2013

    " While I greatly enjoyed this book, I don't feel it lived up to the subtitle given. A great introduction for anyone wanting to know some of the background to the conflict. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle Ghazali | 9/18/2013

    " reading the intro now... seems like it is going in a good direction... fingers crossed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Gallagher | 2/2/2013

    " I was looking for something to give me the back story on today's Arab Israeli conflict, and found the book quite informative. It was easy to read, and the way the author focused on four or so individuals to tell the story really gave it a human element. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippa (eat, read, explore) | 7/19/2012

    " A very insightful and fascinating book which I just couldn't seem to put down. It was very refreshing to read a book about a highly sensitive subject such as the Arab/Israeli conflict which was unbiased and gave a clear overview of key events which spread out over more than a century. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam Morris | 2/22/2012

    " Maybe not the cause of it all but a good primer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kori | 11/26/2011

    " Last summer, I wanted to become more aware of the conflict in the Middle East, so I picked up this book. It was a nice overview of the conflict, but I don't feel like the questions I had going in were answered. It seemed to me that something was missing from the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany armstrong | 10/23/2011

    " So far, so good...not biased like one might expect from someone so heavily invested in the area. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 6/4/2011

    " I couldn't finish it, good material, just boring "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 1/13/2011

    " I think the book was a good idea, filling in some gaps in general appreciation of the origins of the on-going conflict in the middle east, although it fell short of its potential. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ray | 9/20/2010

    " I think the book was a good idea, filling in some gaps in general appreciation of the origins of the on-going conflict in the middle east, although it fell short of its potential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philippa | 6/9/2010

    " A very insightful and fascinating book which I just couldn't seem to put down. It was very refreshing to read a book about a highly sensitive subject such as the Arab/Israeli conflict which was unbiased and gave a clear overview of key events which spread out over more than a century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 5/28/2010

    " I learned a lot about the early days of the Zionist movement, and even more about the people involved, both Jew and Arab, who were involved.
    Really interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 3/2/2009

    " Maybe not the cause of it all but a good primer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 2/9/2008

    " So far, so good...not biased like one might expect from someone so heavily invested in the area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabrielle | 10/19/2007

    " reading the intro now... seems like it is going in a good direction... fingers crossed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 7/28/2007

    " I couldn't finish it, good material, just boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/26/2007

    " Great topic... but jumps around a lot and can be hard to follow. "

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About the Author

Amy Dockser Marcus is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was based in Israel as the paper’s Middle East correspondent from 1991 to 1998. She was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting. She lives in Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

Joyce Bean is an accomplished audiobook narrator and director. In addition to having won eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, she has been nominated multiple times for the prestigious Audie Award. Equally adept at narrating fiction and nonfiction, and she also narrates audiobooks under the name Jane Brown.