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The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East
The Gun and the Olive Branch: The Roots of Violence in the Middle East
By David Hirst
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977, 367 pp.

A British journalist's swiftly moving narration of the Arab-Israeli dispute from its origins in the 19th century to the present, written with understanding of and for both sides (though less for Israel) and with stress on the resort to violence which has been the ultimate answer of both to the problem.