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Thirteen Days in September is a dramatic, illuminating, day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference where President Jimmy Carter convinced Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to sign a peace treaty—the first treaty in the modern Middle East and one which endures to this day.

With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, delving deeply into the issues and enmities between the two nations. He explains the relevant background to the conflict and to all the major participants at the conference, from the three heads of state to their well-known seconds working furiously behind the scenes. What emerges is not what we’ve come to think of as an unprecedented yet “simple” peace. Rather, Wright reveals the full extent of Carter’s persistence in pushing peace forward, the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference—many of them lifelong enemies—attained it, and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome, not the least of which has been the unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

In Thirteen Days in September, Wright gives us a gripping work of history and reportage that provides an inside view of how peace is made.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It is brilliant penetrating scholarship…Wright expertly captures every move of the three-way realpolitik chess match. By using each man’s biography to illuminate the history of his respective nation, he not only chronicles Camp David but elucidates the issues that continue to plague the Middle East.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Mr. Wright displays a sensitive understanding of the region and a fine pen as he sketches in the characters and motivations of the three main players.”

    Economist

  • “A magnificent book [from] one of our finest nonfiction writers…In his minute-by-minute account of the talks, Wright intersperses a concise history of Egyptian-Israeli relations dating from the story of Exodus. Even more important is Wright’s understanding that Sadat, Begin, and Carter were not just political leaders but exemplars of the Holy Land’s three internecine religious traditions.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exceedingly balanced, highly readable, and appropriately sober.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Spellbinding…What makes the story a page-turner isn’t the day-by-day details of the negotiations. It’s Wright’s seamless, compelling backgrounding of the region’s violent history, the enmities and peculiarities of the players who came to the remote presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains to reach a monumental, if flawed, accord that endures to this day.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “An engrossing chronicle of Carter’s marathon peace negotiations…an illuminating view of a vital event that has been all but forgotten—and of a single-minded, even messianic president whose White House years have been denigrated and discredited…In examining the three, Wright is both fascinated and fair-minded, seeing men of faith and fortitude, and ultimately of vision, with stark similarities and even starker differences…A wonderful book.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A splendid and suspenseful account of the Camp David negotiations.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A chronicle of diplomatic success…The heart of the book is the daily, sometimes hourly shifts in tactics and postures, stands, and counterstands, that unfolded over thirteen days in 1978.”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer

  • “Fascinating personal and historic detail.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Offers a thorough study of the Camp David Accords of 1978 in this meticulously researched affair, which goes beyond the core events to address a multitude of historical factors…Alternating between biographical studies of the people involved, sociopolitical histories of the countries and faiths represented, and an almost nail-bitingly tense unfolding of the conference itself, Wright delivers an authoritative, fascinating, and relatively unbiased exploration of a pivotal period and a complicated subject.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A Pulitzer Prize–winning author reconstructs and reflects on ‘one of the great diplomatic triumphs of the twentieth century’ and the men who made it happen…A unique moment in history superbly captured. Yet another triumph for Wright.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Mark Bramhall’s voice has a remarkable calm strength and evenness throughout his excellent reading of this in-depth, clear-eyed examination of the Middle East…Bramhall’s delivery reflects how serious a task it was to bring three very different leaders and personalities together to talk peace for thirteen short days in September 1978. Essential listening. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Book of 2014
  • A New York Times Best Book of 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
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