Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

By David K. Shipler
Read by Robert Blumenfeld

27.88 Hours 07/01/2002 unabridged
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Arab stereotype portrays the Jew as a brutal, violent coward. The Jewish stereotype portrays the Arab as a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental Pulitzer Prize–winning work, revised in 2002, David Shipler delves into the origins of these prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism. Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools, the far-ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, and the historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism. And he writes of the people: the Arab woman in love with a Jew; the retired Israeli military officer; the Palestinian guerrilla; the handsome actor whose father is Arab and mother is Jewish. Their stories reflect not only the reality of wounded spirits, but also a glimmer of hope for eventual coexistence in the Promised Land.

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Summary

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Winner of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

A 1986 New York Times Best Book

Arab stereotype portrays the Jew as a brutal, violent coward. The Jewish stereotype portrays the Arab as a primitive creature of animal vengeance and cruel desires. In this monumental Pulitzer Prize–winning work, revised in 2002, David Shipler delves into the origins of these prejudices that have been intensified by war, terrorism, and nationalism.

Shipler examines the process of indoctrination that begins in schools, the far-ranging effects of socioeconomic differences, and the historical conflicts between Islam and Judaism. And he writes of the people: the Arab woman in love with a Jew; the retired Israeli military officer; the Palestinian guerrilla; the handsome actor whose father is Arab and mother is Jewish. Their stories reflect not only the reality of wounded spirits, but also a glimmer of hope for eventual coexistence in the Promised Land.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Leaves no aspect of the complex Arab-Jewish relationship untouched…Presented in an abundance of narratives, anecdotes and conversations that never seem hackneyed.” New York Times Book Review
“The best and most comprehensive work there is in the English language on this subject.” New York Times
“Shipler has penetrated far into foreign feelings and foreign cultures. And he writes with great moral poise.” New Republic
“[The narrator] demonstrates his fluency with the languages and the inflections critical to them. Blumenfeld's tone is also ideal, mixing just the right amount of emotion and intensity and giving credibility to people and events, regardless of ethnicity…This performance is a ‘must’ for anyone who wants to know more detail than is typically found in the media.” AudioFile
“Thought-provoking, controversial, and timely.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: David K. Shipler

David K. Shipler worked for the New York Times from 1966–1988, serving as Jerusalem bureau chief for five years. He won a George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1982 war in Lebanon and a DuPont-Columbia Award for his broadcast journalism coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He then joined the Washington bureau of The Times as the newspaper’s chief diplomatic correspondent, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as a feature writer.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 27.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English