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Arab-Israeli conflict

Dec 2, 2013 — Ari Shavit's My Promised Land looks at Israel through the eyes of its citizens. It debuts at No. 8.
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Nov 18, 2013 — Journalist Ari Shavit says Israel must find a way to reconcile its democratic values with the reality of everyday life there. His new book draws from interviews with hundreds of Israelis — both Jews and Arabs — as well as his military experience and Zionist family history.
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Apr 13, 2011 — Atheist Philip Pullman imagines that Jesus had a brother, while Howard Norman plumbs the effects of family tragedy in Nova Scotia, and Michael Gruber probes the life of a Taliban American. In nonfiction: the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's memoir, and Kai Bird examines both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli divide.
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Apr 21, 2010 — In his memoir, Crossing Mandelbaum Gate, Bird describes his childhood experience growing up near a checkpoint that separated Israeli and Arab sections of Jerusalem. "These are two people who are filled with victimhood," he tells NPR's Robert Siegel.
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Feb 13, 2009 — As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama routinely made promises that he would "restore our moral standing in the world." But, now that he occupies the White House, is his administration unveiling a new era in foreign policy?
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Jan 27, 2009 — In his new book, We Can Have Peace In The Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work, former President Jimmy Carter presents his strategy to end fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Jan 27, 2009 — The former president expressed confidence that if peace talks are held soon, they will be meaningful. Nearly 30 years after he brokered a treaty between Israel and Egypt, Carter has written a new book about his quest for peace in the Middle East.
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Nov 12, 2008 — In bringing this land to life, Raja Shehadeh cautiously allows for the possibility of hope.
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Mar 27, 2008 — Aaron David Miller, a former U.S. Middle East negotiator, talks about The Much Too Promised Land, his new book detailing the conflict in the Middle East and the search for Arab Israeli peace. Miller believes that peace in the region is still possible — and he explains why.
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Dec 21, 2007 — BBC correspondent Alan Johnston, who was abducted in the Gaza Strip earlier this year and held for nearly four months, writes a book about his ordeal. Kidnapped: And Other Dispatches describes his ordeal. He says a radio brought by guards offered a lifeline and psychological boost.
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