From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essays

From Oslo to Iraq and the Road Map: Essays

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By (author) Professor Edward W Said, Foreword by Professor of History Tony Judt

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 23mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 9 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400076714
  • ISBN 13: 9781400076710
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 430,679

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In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo's Al-Ahram Weekly, London's Al-Hayat, and the London Review of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords through the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and present information and perspectives too rarely visible in America. Said is unyielding in his call for truth and justice. He insists on truth about Israel's role as occupier and its treatment of the Palestinians. He pleads for new avenues of communication between progressive elements in Israel and Palestine. And he is equally forceful in his condemnation of Arab failures and the need for real leadership in the Arab world.

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Edward W. Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was the author of more than twenty books, including "Orientalism and Culture" and "Imperialism" (both available in paperback from Vintage Books), and his essays and reviews appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the world. Said died in September 2003. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"These searing essays refract the reality of terrible years through a mind with extraordinary understanding, compassion, insight, and deep knowledge." --Noam Chomsky "Probably the best-known intellectual in the world. . . . [In these essays] Said writes copiously and urgently about the alarming state of affairs in the Middle East." --"The Nation" "Said is a brilliant, complex man who confounds one's expectations at every turn." --"Rocky Mountain News"

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In his final book, completed just before his death, Edward W. Said offers impassioned pleas for the beleaguered Palestinian cause from one of its most eloquent spokesmen. These essays, which originally appeared in Cairo's "Al-Ahram Weekly, London's "Al-Hayat, and the" London Review of Books, take us from the Oslo Accords through the U.S. led invasion of Iraq, and present information and perspectives too rarely visible in America. Said is unyielding in his call for truth and justice. He insists on truth about Israel's role as occupier and its treatment of the Palestinians. He pleads for new avenues of communication between progressive elements in Israel and Palestine. And he is equally forceful in his condemnation of Arab failures and the need for real leadership in the Arab world.

Table of contents

Foreword by Tony Judt PART ONE: The Second Intifada Begins, Clinton’s Failure 1 Palestinians Under Siege 2 The Tragedy Deepens 3 American Elections: System or Farce? 4 Trying Again and Again 5 Where Is Israel Going? 6 The Only Alternative 7 Freud, Zionism, and Vienna 8 Time to Turn to the Other Front 9 These Are the Realities 10 Thinking About Israel 11 Defiance, Dignity, and the Rule of Dogma 12 Enemies of the State 13 Sharpening the Axe 14 The Price of Camp David 15 Occupation Is the Atrocity 16 Propaganda and War PART TWO: September 11, the War on Terror, the West Bank and Gaza Reinvaded 17 Collective Passion 18 Backlash, Backtrack 19 Adrift in Similarity 20 A Vision to Lift the Spirit 21 Suicidal Ignorance 22 Israel’s Dead End 23 Emerging Alternatives in Palestine 24 The Screw Turns, Again 25 Thoughts About America 26 What Price Oslo? 27 Thinking Ahead 28 What Has Israel Done? 29 Crisis for American Jews 30 Palestinian Elections Now 31 One-Way Street 32 Slow Death: Punishment by Detail 33 Arab Disunity and Factionalism 34 Low Point of Powerlessness PART THREE: Israel, Iraq, and the United States 35 Israel, Iraq, and the United States 36 Europe Versus America 37 Misinformation About Iraq 38 Immediate Imperatives 39 An Unacceptable Helplessness 40 A Monument to Hypocrisy 41 Who Is in Charge? 42 A Stupid War 43 What Is Happening to the United States? 44 The Arab Condition 45 Archaeology of the Road Map 46 Dignity and Solidarity Afterword by Wadie E. Said Index