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By Thomas L. Friedman

"If you are basically going to learn one ebook at the center East, this is often it."---Seymour M. Hersh

One of the main thought-provoking books ever written concerning the heart East, From Beirut to Jerusalem is still important to our realizing of this advanced and risky quarter of the area. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman drew upon his ten years of expertise reporting from Lebanon and Israel to put in writing this now-classic paintings of journalism. In a brand new afterword, he updates his trip with a clean dialogue of the Arab Awakenings and the way they're remodeling the realm, and a brand new examine relatives among Israelis and Palestinians, and Israelis and Israelis. wealthy with anecdote, background, research, and autobiography, From Beirut to Jerusalem will proceed to form how we see the center East for a few years to come.

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We didn’t recognize who they got here from,” stated Lieutenant Colonel George T. Schmidt of the twenty fourth Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), the final Marine contingent to serve in Beirut, concerning a shock airlift of Mexican meals. “But the day we acquired [to Beirut] you could think the confusion. correct in the midst of that we get a mobilephone name that there's a package deal on the airport for [us]. We get down there and it’s approximately 3 thousand burritos. We didn’t understand who they got here from—nothing approximately them. They have been dry, [and] it used to be sizzling, so we despatched a man right down to get them and [bring them] again, [but] in all of the confusion they melted. ultimately our healthcare professional went down and glued his thermometer in [them] and acknowledged, ‘Hey, this stuff are long past. ’ So we dumped them. We [didn’t inform] the clicking, as the press had made one of these monstrous deal concerning the [two thousand] hamburgers [someone despatched from] Minneapolis. They have been going to have a ball checking out that we trashed 3 thousand or 5 thousand burritos, or no matter what it was once. To today i couldn't let you know the place the burritos got here from. there has been a few beneficiant individual within the usa that fearful in regards to the boys consuming correct. ”3 The burritos have been merely the start. The Marine spokesman’s workplace at their Beirut overseas Airport headquarters turned stuffed to the ceiling with cardboard packing containers filled with chocolate-chip cookies, tarts, and selfmade muffins, whereas the partitions have been embellished with 50-foot-long letters signed by means of complete faculties or neighborhoods wishing the leathernecks godspeed of their project. I used to like vacationing the Marine spokesmen only for the chance to munch on their baked items, even if, i need to admit, the perform consistently left me feeling surprisingly out of sync with the broader Beirut atmosphere, as if I have been nibbling Betty Crocker muffins in Dante’s Inferno. I regularly part anticipated this sort of muffins to explode in my hand. I were in Beirut too lengthy. no longer so the Marines. the way in which they inhaled these chocolates from mother continually symbolized for me the trusting naivete with which they walked via Lebanon’s revolving door. If there's one sentiment that tied jointly every little thing the Marines did correct in Lebanon and every little thing they did flawed, it was once naive, blameless optimism. It confirmed itself correct from the start in how the Marines obtained roped into the Lebanon operation within the first position. one of many nice ironies of the Marine venture in Beirut used to be the truth that the guy who first prompt sending American troops to Lebanon was once the fellow who may cross them at the approach out—PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat. in the course of the negotiations over the PLO’s withdrawal from Beirut in the summertime of 1982, Arafat, in accordance with American diplomats, insisted that American—along with French and Italian—troops be fascinated with overseeing the departure of his males from Israeli-besieged West Beirut. Arafat was once no idiot. He understood that an American umbrella masking the PLO’s withdrawal was once the easiest coverage opposed to Israel breaking its promise to not invade West Beirut simply because the PLO used to be letting down its safeguard to go away.

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