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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lawrence Wright Narrator: Lawrence Wright, Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780804165426
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A gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, 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, illuminating the issues that have made the problems of the region so intractable, as well as exploring the scriptural narratives that continue to frame the conflict. In addition to his in-depth accounts of the lives of the three leaders, Wright draws vivid portraits of other fiery personalities who were present at Camp David––including Moshe Dayan, Osama el-Baz, and Zbigniew Brzezinski––as they work furiously behind the scenes. Wright also explores the significant role played by Rosalynn Carter.
What emerges is a riveting view of the making of this unexpected and so far unprecedented peace. Wright exhibits the full extent of Carter’s persistence in pushing an agreement 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 still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

In Thirteen Days in September, Wright gives us a resonant work of history and reportage that provides both a timely revisiting of this important diplomatic triumph and an inside look at 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.”


  • “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.”


  • 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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About the Author
Author Lawrence Wright

Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of fiction and numerous books of nonfiction, including The Looming Tower, winner of a Pulitzer Prize. He is also a playwright and screenwriter.

About the Narrator

Mark Bramhall has won thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been a finalist for the Audiobook Publishers Association’s prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been named by Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine among their “Best Voices of the Year” in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He is also an award-winning actor whose acting credits include off-Broadway, regional, and many Los Angeles venues as well as television, animation, and feature films. He has taught and directed at the American Academy of Dramatic Art.