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

“[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 every side. In a place with too much history and too much certainty, a “lonely rock in a stormy ocean,” he manages to reach conclusions without lapsing into narrow judgments, and finds truth without asserting that it is the only truth…In this divided, fought-over shard of land splintered from the Middle East barely 70 years ago, Mr Shavit’s prophetic voice carries lessons that all sides need to hear.”—The Economist



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