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Augustus Richard Norton’s Hezbollah was on the recommended reading list of one of our Lebanon hands at work. It’s a short history, at 199 pages including all of the appendices (afterword from 2009, key Arabic words, recommended reading list, index and acknowledgments), but it’s not necessarily a fast read. Norton has a very detailed writing […]


The Yellow Wind, again

I first read David Grossman’s The Yellow Wind a little over a year ago. See brief comments here. Now we’re discussing it in our book club at work this month, so I’m back. It’s still a well-written book, filled with very disturbing stories about life in Palestine under Israeli occupation. The author, already a respected […]


The Stakes: America in the Middle East

I found Professor Shibley Telhami’s The Stakes: America in the Middle East in the Eastern Market’s great used book store, Capitol Hill Books, a few weeks ago. Then Professor Telhami started showing up on my radar, most recently as one of the contributors to Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace. The Stakes was published right as the Iraq […]


Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace

One of the reviews for The Much Too Promised Land also favorably reviewed Daniel Kurtzer and Scott Lasensky‘s Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace, so I was interested to read this shorter volume by two of the Arab-Israeli experts complimented by Miller. In less than one hundred pages, the authors define lessons learned and opportunities lost, give a […]


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 […]