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Author: Laura Blumenfeld Narrator: Laura Blumenfeld Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2002 ISBN: 9780743548458
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In 1986, Laura Blumenfeld's father was shot in Jerusalem by a member of a rebel faction of the PLO responsible for attacks on several tourists in the Old City. Her father lived, but Blumenfeld's desire for revenge haunted her. This is her story.

Traveling to Israel, Blumenfeld gathers stories and methods of avengers as she plots to infiltrate the shooter's life. Through interviews and extensive research, she explores the mechanics and the psychology of vengeance.

But ultimately it is a journey that leads her back home -- where she is forced to confront her childhood dreams, her parents' failed marriage, and her ideas about family. In the end, her target turns out to be more complex -- and in some ways more threatening -- than the stereotypical terrorist she'd long imagined.

A rare, ambitious, personal, and intellectual tour of dark urges often denied, Revenge: A Story of Hope is a beautifuly written story about family, loyalty, and home, about the personal passions behind public events, and about the thin line between love and hate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Laura Blumenfeld has the eye of a reporter, the soul of a novelist, and the passion of an activits. She brings all three to bear superbly in this gripping and haunting first book. It is a sure winner.” 

    Thomas L. Friedman

  • “A vitally important story…Revenge is written with such forcefulness and immediacy that by the end of her story [Blumenfeld] has carried the reader through an intellectual transformation akin to her own.” 

    New York Times 

  • “Passionate, gripping…A work of ambition and humanity.” 

    Washington Post

  • “A remarkable, affecting book…unlike any other reportage from the Middle East.” 


    Baltimore Sun

  • A New York Times Notable Book

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About the Author

Laura Blumenfeld holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 1992. She has also written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Washington, D.C.