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From My Bookshelf: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit

MyPromisedLandSome months ago, I was granted access to a digital galley of Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. As soon as I heard that the book had won the inaugural Natan Book Award (the committee for which included my idol Jeffrey Goldberg), the book went straight to the top of my TBR list. I knew that it was going to be pretty impressive.

And it was. But I didn’t feel sufficiently qualified to write about it. So I didn’t seek a reviewing assignment before the book’s official release this month.

But I am continuing to be impressed–and educated–as I listen to Shavit’s radio interviews and read reviews of the book.

Examples:

  • Ari Shavit on The Leonard Lopate Show
  • Ari Shavit on Fresh Air
  • Ari Shavit on the New York Times Book Review podcast.
  • Ari Shavit on The Charlie Rose Show (with David Remnick and Jeffrey Goldberg)
  • Review by Dwight Garner
  • Review by Leon Wieseltier
  • I suspect strongly that you, too, will be impressed (if not awed) by the clarity and honesty of Shavit’s presentations as well as by the accumulating encomiums. And you may just have a new book to add to your holiday gift-buying list.

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    1. It’s a hugely powerful read. If there are any Jewish groups interested in running a discussion group around the book, can I recommend working with our (free) guide? http://makomisrael.org/arts-resources/book-guides/promised-land/

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