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    Description"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY "THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW "AND" THE ECONOMIST" Winner of the Natan Book Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award "An authoritative and deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel, by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today" Not since Thomas L. Friedman's groundbreaking "From Beirut to Jerusalem" has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as "My Promised Land." Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Ari Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family's story, illuminating the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is larger than the sum of its parts: both personal and national, both deeply human and of profound historical dimension. We meet Shavit's great-grandfather, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people; the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine's booming economy; the visionary youth group leader who, in the 1940s, transformed Masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for Zionism; the Palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from Lydda; the immigrant orphans of Europe's Holocaust, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state; the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel's nuclear program in the 1960s, in the only interview he ever gave; the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s; the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv's booming club scene; and today's architects of Israel's foreign policy with Iran, whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, "My Promised Land" asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, "My Promised Land" uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today's global political landscape. Praise for "My Promised Land" "This book will sweep you up in its narrative force and not let go of you until it is done. [Shavit's] accomplishment is so unlikely, so total . . . that it makes you believe anything is possible, even, God help us, peace in the Middle East."--Simon Schama, " Financial Times" " " "[A] must-read book."--Thomas L. Friedman, "The New York Times" " " "Important and powerful . . . the least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read."--Leon Wieseltier, "The New York Times Book Review " "Spellbinding . . . Shavit's prophetic voice carries lessons that all sides need to hear.""--The Economist" " " "One of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years.""--The Wall Street Journal"


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    Title
    My Promised Land
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ari Shavit
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780385521703
    ISBN 10: 0385521707
    Classifications

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    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJF1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    Libri: ENGM2000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 56
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    B&T Approval Code: A15304500
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 956.054
    Libri: ISRA5224
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBH
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    DC22: 956.05/4
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, HIS019000
    DC23: 956.054
    LC classification: DS119.7 .S381877 2013
    BISAC region code: 2.1.9.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: NHW, NHG
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    CHAPTER-OPENING PHOTOS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Spiegel & Grau
    Publication date
    19 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli journalist, a columnist for "Haaretz, " and a commentator on Israeli public television.
    Review quote
    "This book will sweep you up in its narrative force and not let go of you until it is done. [Shavit's] accomplishment is so unlikely, so total . . . that it makes you believe anything is possible, even, God help us, peace in the Middle East."--Simon Schama, " Financial Times" " " "[A] must-read book . . . Shavit celebrates the Zionist man-made miracle--from its start-ups to its gay bars--while remaining affectionate, critical, realistic and morally anchored. . . . His book is a real contribution to changing the conversation about Israel and building a healthier relationship with it. Before their next ninety-minute phone call, both Barack and Bibi should read it."--Thomas L. Friedman, "The New York Times" " " "[An] important and powerful book . . . [Shavit] has an undoctrinaire mind. He comes not to praise or to blame, though along the way he does both, with erudition and with eloquence; he comes instead to observe and to reflect. This is the least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read. It is a Zionist book unblinkered by Zionism. It is about the entirety of the Israeli experience. Shavit is immersed in all of the history of his country. While some of it offends him, none of it is alien to him. . . . The author of "My Promised Land" is a dreamer with an addiction to reality. He holds out for affirmation without illusion. Shavit's book is an extended test of his own capacity to maintain his principles in full view of the brutality that surrounds them."--Leon Wieseltier, "The New York Times Book Review" "Spellbinding . . . In this divided, fought-over shard of land splintered from the Middle East barely seventy years ago, Mr. Shavit's prophetic voice carries lessons that all sides need to hear."--"The Economist" " " "One of the most nuanced and challenging books written on Israel in years . . . [The] book's real power: On an issue so prone to polemic, Mr. Shavit offers candor.""--The Wall Street Journal" "A tour de force.""--