Summer One-liners

Since I haven’t taken the time to write even brief reviews of the books I’ve read over the last several months,  here’s a list of them in roughly the order they were read.  As, or if, reviews are added, they will link from this page.

Shut Up, I’m Talking – Gregory Levey.   Very funny memoir […]

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The Yellow Wind

David Grossman’s The Yellow Wind: With a New Afterword by the Author is a series of short reports on life in the West Bank in the late 1980’s.   The author is an Israeli novelist who spent seven weeks in the West Bank interviewing Palestinians and Israelis.  I read the book on a break between histories […]

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The Yom Kippur War

A self-confessed military history nerd at work lent me Walter J. Boyne’s The Yom Kippur War: And the Airlift Strike That Saved Israel.  Contrasted against Oren’s work on the Six Day War,  Boyne’s book provides much greater emphasis on the military equipment used, less information on Israeli politics, very little information on Egyptian and Syrian […]

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Six Days of War

When I read Michael B. Oren’s Power, Faith and Fantasy (PF&F)  in the fall of 2007, I never imagined I’d have such motivation to read his earlier work, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. What a gripping and humane military history.  Oren is such a good writer […]

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Middle East Conflict

You have to start somewhere. Over the last few years, I’ve read a lot about Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Islam and the Middle East in general, but very little about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict specifically.  The closest I’ve come to that has been Fromkin’s A Peace to End all Peace and Oren’s Power, Faith and Fantasy (both […]

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