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Books on the Middle East, including Abba Eban bio and reissue of David K. Shipler’s classic

"Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land" by David K. Shipler. Photo Credit: Broadway Books

ABBA EBAN, by Asaf Siniver. A biography of the South African-born Israeli statesman (1915-2002) who served as Israel’s first representative to the United Nations and later deputy prime minister (among other posts) before being ousted from the Labor Party. Siniver argues that while Eban was embraced as sophisticated and reasonable abroad, Israelis perceived him as elitist and foreign. (Overlook, $40)

 

EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION: (American) Writers on Palestine, edited by Ru Freeman. This anthology collects poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction, by more than 60 writers — including Colum McCann, Teju Cole, Tess Gallagher, Leslie Jamison and others — who responded to a call by editor Freeman, in the wake of the 2014 Gaza war, to reflect on the plight of the Palestinians. (OR Books, $25)

 

ARAB AND JEW: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, by David K. Shipler. This classic account of the Arab-Israeli conflict won a Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1986. For this revised and updated edition, Shipler revisited the Middle East and many of the locations where he originally reported, further exploring “relationships and stereotypes” between the two peoples. (Broadway Books, $18)

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