From Beirut to Jerusalem

Version: Abridged
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Narrator: Thomas L. Friedman
Genres: History, Non-Fiction, Middle East
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Published In: October 2006
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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In "From Beirut to Jerusalem," Thomas L. Friedman of "The New York Times," author of "The Lexus and the Olive Tree," has drawn on his decade in the Middle East to produce the most trenchant, vivid, and thought-provoking book yet on the region.

No issue in international politics has been more hotly debated than the Arab-Israeli conflict. And no reporter has illuminated both the conflict and the rhythms of life in the Middle East with more immediacy and brilliance than Tom Friedman, twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Extremism, terrorism, fundamentalism on right and left, Friedman puts all the operative currents into perspective with an inimitable specificity and clarity.

On Friedman's own remarkable journey from Beirut to Jerusalem, he writes, "This is a book about the people in Beirut and Jerusalem themselves, who were going through remarkably similar identity crises. Each was caught in a struggle between the new ideas, the new relationships, the new nations they were trying to build for the future, and the ancient memories, ancient passions, and ancient feuds that kept dragging them back into the past." "From Beirut to Jerusalem" is a major work of reportage, a much needed framework for understanding the Middle East, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Reviews (2)

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Written by Anonymous on October 14th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I was expecting more of a history of the region and the issues that divide the various religious groups. This has stories of activities and mind sets, but not a history lesson as to why they cannot get along. A little bit at the end of what are current mind sets, but I was looking for more information about the different points of view of the different factions of peoples.

From Beirut to Jerusalem

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on June 15th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I actually own the book too, though haven't read it, so the fact that this unabridged volume comes with ONLY 3 CD's is curious. The reader needs to remember that this book was written in the late 80s, early 90s, and the context was much different than now. However, like Friedman's other works, his conversational style makes this a pleasure to read. How he could have stayed in Beirut with his wife and young child during those days is beyond me.

Author Details

Author Details

Friedman, Thomas L.

Thomas L. Friedman, a world-renowned author and journalist, joined The New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC- and oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House, and international economics correspondents. A three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, he has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles reporting the Middle East conflict, the end of the cold war, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics, and the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat. His foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in the Times, is syndicated to one hundred other newspapers worldwide.

Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem (FSG, 1989), which won both the National Book Award and the Overseas Press Club Award in 1989 and was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly twelve months. From Beirut to Jerusalem has been published in more than twenty-seven languages, including Chinese and Japanese, and is now used as a basic textbook on the Middle East in many high schools and universities. Friedman also wrote The Lexus and the Olive Tree (FSG, 1999), one of the best selling business books in 1999, and the winner of the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. It is now available in twenty languages. His last book, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, issued by FSG in 2002, consists of columns Friedman published about September 11 as well as a diary of his private experiences and reflections during his reporting on the post-September world as he traveled from Afghanistan to Israel to Europe to Indonesia to Saudi Arabia. In 2005, The World Is Flat was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

Friedman graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean studies and received a master's degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. He has served as a visiting professor at Harvard University and has been awarded honorary degrees from several U.S. universities. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Ann, and their two daughters.