"One Man's Israel"
To mark Israel's 60th anniversary, a collection of 36 separate pieces by the author, which chart the backdrop to the kaleidoscopic Israeli scene over the past thirty years. They include a little political commentary and some social comment, but also encompass short stories, features, travel writing, letters, poetry, music and radio drama. A rich mix of delights for anyone with an interest in the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. A book to dip into – and always be guaranteed of finding something to please, interest, amuse, enlighten or entertain.
“..an apt publication to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary, capturing the variety of the Israeli scene...”
- Shimon Peres, President of Israel
"One Year in the History of Israel and Palestine"
A blow-by-blow account of the events of 2010, as they impacted on the determined efforts, led by the Unitd States, to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation and the wider Middle East conflict. Anyone interested in the Middle East in general, and the Israel-Palestine conflict in particular, will relish this unusual take on a ground-breaking year in the history of both Israel and the nascent state of Palestine.
"5-Minute Bedtime Stories"
Born out of a series of children’s stories prepared for BBC radio, “5-minute Bedtime Stories” is a careful mix of old and new tales aimed at those vital few minutes when a child is tucked up for the night and demands a story. Nothing too long is called for – especially not by the adult charged with reading it, but each story needs to appeal to boys and girls aged around 4 to 9 and send them happily to sleep. Each of these stories can be read aloud in five minutes and has its own colourful illustration, which can be shown to the child while the story is being read. This is a book certain to be treasured by the children lucky enough to be at the receiving end of its stories.
Very informative and illuminating. I enjoyed learning about the events that led us to the situation we find ourselves in today.
by Christie King (via NetGalley)
Why would be a good question when wondering why to read ANOTHER Middle East book or book on the subject. In the Chaos, you will gain insight and understanding into the reasons behind the over a decade long war that has cost so much in lives and money.
You will not only enjoy the writing style but the reasons for this national nightmare that contrary to popular belief didn't blow up or begin on 9-11 and as you read the author's assessment of the neighboring countries you will realize this is far, FAR from ending. You C-vets that served there will agree with much found in here.
by Ranger Harper (via NetGalley)
The author is clearly well versed in his subject area. There is a lot to be said for the wealth of information the book holds, although it is not the easiest of reads. The book is made of a number of blog posts that he edits to create the book. It works pretty well, but at times the tenses are imperfect. You can tell that the writing spans several years, and occasionally the timeline is confusing. He does throw his opinion into the book at times, but mostly sticks to facts and theories without much bias.
I recommend this book to people who already have some background in the area's history. It is not a "middle east for dummies" type of book, and would not be the easiest read for someone who does not regularly read about history/ current events.
by Jack Hayford
Neville Teller was born in London, read Modern History at Oxford University, and then had a varied career in marketing, general management, publishing and the Civil Service, while consistently writing for BBC radio as dramatist and abridger. He began writing about the Middle East in the 1980s, sometimes using the pen-name Edmund Owen. In 2008 he published a collection of these pieces, together with some poetry, short stories, letters and a radio drama, under the title: “One Man’s Israel”. In 2011 he published “One Year in the History of Israel and Palestine,” a blow-by-blow account of the events of 2010 as they impacted on the effort, led by the United States, to resolve the Israel-Palestine situation. His book “The Search for Détente: Israel and Palestine 2012-2014” was published in the autumn of 2014 and followed the latest, and ultimately abortive, Obama-Kerry peace talks effort. He writes regularly for the "Jerusalem Post" and the "Eurasia Review" and he runs the blog: “A Mid-East Journal”. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2006 he was awarded an MBE “for services to broadcasting and to drama”.