Ari Shavit on NPR’s Fresh Air

January 8th, 2014

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Dissent Magazine

January 8th, 2014

[A] valuable new book… Its success indicates something intriguing: a significant audience for a serious discussion about Israel, rooted in reality and without polemic. Shavit’s book provides an in-depth portrait of contemporary Israeli society in a way that few recent books have—or have even attempted. From the founders’ dilemmas and romantic yearnings for statehood to […]

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The Washington Post on My Promised Land

January 8th, 2014

“A virtue of Shavit’s virtuous book is that it exhumes the dream of Zionism — and also its success.”— Washington Post

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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist

January 8th, 2014

“[S]pellbinding… Mr Shavit subtly builds his stories with a mix of individual portraits, historical detail and personal memoir…[he] is that rare person who can listen as intensely as he can think. Although he is a columnist for the left-leaning Israeli daily Haaretz, he transcends tribal politics. Sympathetic but unflinching, he finds things to chastise—and admire—on […]

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Praise from The Jewish Journal

January 8th, 2014

“[A] tour de force. Written in lyrical prose by a distinguished journalist who listens attentively when he interviews, Shavit engages his subjects and also the land of Israel…“My Promised Land” is a work without peer. No single work depicts the complexity, vitality and achievements of Israel society as well. And no other work also depicts […]

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