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The Much Too Promised Land

Aaron David Miller’s The Much Too Promised Land was the first book we covered in our new book club at work (looking forward to more discussions on books about Israel and the Middle East with that group). Miller spent decades in the State Department working on the Arab-Israeli peaces process and his book is a […]


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 […]


The Looming Tower

I picked up a copy of Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 (Vintage) this weekend in Santa Fe. Started reading it just to fill in a few minutes, then couldn’t stop reading it. Apologies to all those who’s earlier recommendations of this book to me went unheeded […]


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 […]


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 […]