Arab and Jew – Remains Just as Relevant Today
Praise for ARAB AND JEW
“The best and most comprehensive work there is in the English language on this subject.”
—New York Times
“Powerful . . . Leaves no aspect of the complex Arab-Jewish relationship untouched . . . Presented in abundance of narratives, anecdotes, and conversations that never seem hackneyed.”
—New York Times Book Review
“A rich, penetrating, and moving portrayal of Arab-Jewish hostility, told in human terms.”
“Critical yet compassionate, Arab and Jew offers a comprehensive guide for anyone wishing to learn about these neighbors and enemies living uneasily side by side.”
“The picture Shipler paints is chilling. . . . Poignant.”
“A superb journalistic meditation that captures the Middle East’s mirror image of intolerance.”
Broadway Books is thrilled to announce the reissue of an expanded and updated edition of David Shipler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book that examines the relationship, past and present, between Arabs and Jews
Since its first publication in 1986, ARAB AND JEW has been the seminal book on the fraught relationship between Jews and Arabs, presenting an in-depth analysis of the origins of those prejudices and how they are intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Today, as tensions continue to rise, Shipler’s research and insights have only become more relevant and more urgent.
For this updated and revised edition, Shipler returned to the Middle East to revisit some of the locations, both Israeli and Palestinian, where he conducted research for the original publication. Full of fresh reporting and new material, this unique text serves as a moving picture of the state of Israeli and Palestinian relations over the last thirty years.
In ARAB AND JEW, Shipler focuses on the diverse cultures that exist side by side in Israel and Israeli-controlled territories. He examines the indoctrination that begins in schools, the corrosive effects of socioeconomic differences, the historical interactions between Islam and Judaism, the clashing Arab and Jewish views of the Holocaust, and much more. Most intimately, he writes of the people caught in the conflict: the Arab woman in love with a Jew, the Israeli soldier torn by self-doubt, the Arab terrorist, the Jewish settler, the Palestinian father urging his son not to confront Israeli troops, the handsome actor of mixed Arab-Jewish parentage who is gunned down as he tries to bridge the divide.
For Shipler, and for all who read ARAB AND JEW, these stories and hundreds of others reflect not only the reality of “wounded spirits,” but also a way of thinking about eventual coexistence in the promised land. In the following excerpt, Shipler examines the lives and experiences of Israeli Arabs: http://www.biographile.com/david-shiplers-arab-and-jew.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David K. Shipler reported for the New York Times from 1966 to 1988 in New York, Saigon, Moscow, Jerusalem, and Washington, D.C. He is the author of seven books, including the bestsellers Russia and The Working Poor. He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has taught at Princeton, American University, and Dartmouth. He writes online at The Shipler Report.