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The story of an American Jew and a Palestinian who forge a friendship out of what appear to be irreconcilable differences

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Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide by Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg moved from Long Island to Israel while still a college student. In the middle of the first Palestinian uprising in 1990, the Israeli army sent him to serve as a prison guard at Ketziot, the largest jail in the Middle East. Realizing that among the prisoners were the future leaders of Palestine, and that this was a unique opportunity to learn from them about themselves, he began an extended dialogue with a prisoner named Rafiq.

This is an account of life in that harsh desert prison and of that dialogue-the accusations, explanations, fears, prejudices and aspirations each man expressed-which continues to this day.

Prisoners is a remarkable book: spare, impassioned, energetic, and unstinting in its candour about both the darkness and the hope buried within the animosities of the Middle East.

`The book is full of a refreshing self-deprecatory wit and much insight' Sunday Times

`A lucid, layered memoir' The Scotsman

`A vivid account of the passions and prejudices, the tensions and terrors that exist in every camp, and every household, in today's volatile Middle East' Oprah Magazine (US)

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"Revelatory." --"The New York Times" "Fascinating, hilarious, terrifying. . . . The journey is riveting and well-wrought in a book that makes clear the confusing mess that is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."--"The Chicago Tribune" "Sensitive, forthright and perceptive . . . . A forceful reminder of how rewarding, and how difficult, discourse between Israelis and Palestinians can be."--"The Washington Post" "Sharply observed and beautifully written. . . . A bracingly clear-eyed, deeply emotional and often humorous account. . . . "Prisoners" offers no easy answers but manages to inspire the rarest of commodities in the Middle East: hope." --"Los Angeles Times"

About Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for the New Yorker. He is currently, succeeding James Bennet, editor-in-chief of the The Atlantic. He won the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2003 for his coverage of terrorism. He is also the recipient of the Daniel Pearl Prize and an Overseas Press Club award for human rights reporting. He has also written for the New York Times magazine, the Jerusalem Post, and the Forward. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.

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Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide by Jeffrey Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg
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