Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit wins U.S. literary prize for book on Israel

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, awarded the first-ever Natan Book Award, will appear in both English and Hebrew by the end of 2013.

By Maya Sela, Haaretz

Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit has been feted in the United States for his book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel,” due out in November. The judges called the book the most important work about Israel written by an Israeli in recent years.

The Natan Fund, a foundation that supports Jewish and Israeli social innovation, announced last week that Shavit had won its first-ever Natan Book Award. The foundation calls the work an authoritative yet deeply personal narrative of Israel’s history, integrating historical and political insights with rare interviews. The book will be published by Random House.

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