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Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land
By David K. Shipler
Times Books, 1986, 596 pp

An American journalist reports his observations, conversations and reflections after a five-year tour as correspondent in Jerusalem. He leaves high politics and diplomacy aside in seeking to penetrate and understand the thinking, emotions and actions of the two peoples now living side by side in historic Palestine: perceptions and misperceptions on each side; the burdens of history; the clash of competing nationalism and religions; the thickening miasma of contempt, fear and unreasoning hatred; terrorism and violence as the accepted norm. It is a book of anecdotes and episodes, many dramatically and eloquently told, with a total impact that suggests that the chances for peace and reconciliation, on the part of leadership or of peoples, are close to zero.