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From Beirut to Jerusalem

From Beirut to Jerusalem

"If you're only going to read one book on the Middle East, this is it."---Seymour M. Hersh

One of the most thought-provoking books ever written about the Middle East, From Beirut to Jerusalem remains vital to our understanding of this complex and volatile region of the world. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of experience reporting from Lebanon and Israel to write this now-classic work of journalism. In a new afterword, he updates his journey with a fresh discussion of the Arab Awakenings and how they are transforming the area, and a new look at relations between Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. Rich with anecdote, history, analysis, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will continue to shape how we see the Middle East for many years to come.

A Middle East Chronology

Chapter 1. Prelude: From Minneapolis to Beirut


Chapter 2. Would You Like to Eat Now or Wait for the Cease-fire?

Chapter 3. Beirut: City of Versions

Chapter 4. Hama Rules

Chapter 5. The Teflon Guerrilla

Chapter 6. Inside the Kaleidoscope: The Israeli Invasion of Lebanon

Chapter 7. Poker, Beirut-Style

Chapter 8. Betty Crocker in Dante’s Inferno

Chapter 9. The End of Something

Chapter 10. Time to Go


Chapter 11. Crosswinds

Chapter 12. Whose Country Is This, Anyway?

Chapter 13. The Fault Line

Chapter 14. The Earthquake

Chapter 15. Under the Spotlight

Chapter 16. Israel and American Jews: Who Is Dreaming about Whom?

Chapter 17. Conclusion: From Beirut to Jerusalem to Washington