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Sharing the Promised Land
A Tale of Israelies and Palestinians
Dilip Hiro

6 x 9 • 420 pages • b&w photos, maps
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On September 13, 1993 the world watched, wept and cheered as Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands on the White House lawn. Soon after, the PLO returned from exile and Israeli soldiers withdrew from Palestinian cities. Then Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated, Benjamin Netanyahu brought the peace process to a halt, settlements continued, the Palestinian economy went into free fall. On both sides, euphoria faded and hopes collapsed.

Still the world watches, and Indian-born Dilip Hiro, one of the most experienced of Middle East hands, provides readers with a comprehensive chronicle of Israeli and Palestinian lives, shaped by negotiation and confrontation, right up to Ehud Barak’s election. From Jerusalem's Old City, home of Islam's Dome of the Rock and Judaism's Western Wall, to the conflict-ridden city of Hebron, to sparking seaside Tel Aviv and the fetid alleys of Gaza refugee camps, Hiro's Promised Land comes to vivid and varied life.

Dilip Hiro is an internationally-renowned writer and journalist. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and others. He is the author of many nonfiction books including Dictionary of the Middle East and Desert Shield to Desert Storm: The Second Gulf War.


Media Reviews
The author has captured the interwoven beliefs and conflicts in Jerusalem just as he has captured the differences between the daily lives of Palestinians and Israelis in that holy city... Using his skills as a reporter and a historian, Dilip Hiro has written a book which is as lucid as it is objective. - Al Quds Al Arabi (The Arab Jerusalem)

"Encyclopedic in detail... It is in the portraits of contemporary life in ... Jewish and Arab communities that the book comes alive. Hiro has an eye for detail that illuminates the broader picture." - Church Times (London)

"This is the author's 15th [non-fiction] book, no less important than his previous works... [A] valuable historic book." - Al Hayat (London)

"[A] book which sets out to provide information and insights, and... does it very well." - The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"Hiro is the perfect chronicler." - Daily Telegraph (London)

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