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Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life

by Sari Nusseibeh

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This is a really interesting book, although it is more political memoir than autobiography. Still, for most Americans (and I believe we are who it was written for), it will offer a unique perspective on the Israel/Palestine situation, the PLO, and the peace process.

Highly recommended. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
well written book about palestine and israel...the conflicts, the desire for peace and the long antagonistic history of these two peoples. interesting perspective from a POL leader who wanted a 2 state solution but was also tied to Arafat. ( )
  barb302 | Feb 10, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374299501, Hardcover)

A prominent Palestinian's searching, anguished, deeply affecting autobiography, in which his life story comes to be the story of the recent history of his country.
Sari Nusseibeh’s autobiography is a remarkable book—one in which his dramatic life story and that of his embattled country converge in a work of great passion, depth, and emotional power.
 
Nusseibeh was raised to represent his country. His family’s roots in Palestine traced back to the Middle Ages, and his father was the governor of Jerusalem. Educated at Oxford, he was trained to build upon his father’s support for coexistence and a negotiated solution to the problems of the region.

But the wars of 1967 and 1973 spelled the beginning of the end for the vision of a unified Palestine—and Nusseibeh’s response to these events, and to those that followed, gives us the recent history from a Palestinian point of view as no book has done. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at Hebrew University through his appointment by Yassir Arafat to administer Arab Jerusalem, he holds fast to a two-state solution, even as the powers around him insist that it is impossible. As Palestine is torn apart by settlements and barricades, corruption and violence, Nusseibeh remains true to the ideals of his youth, determined to keep hold of some faint hope for the life of his country.

Once Upon a Country is a book with the scope and vitality of an old-fashioned novel—one whose ending is still uncertain.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:15 -0400)

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"Once upon a country is as remarkable a book about the Middle East as has been published in recent years. The story of one man's life in the region, it is also the richest and most sympathetic account to date of the modern Palestinian outlook." "Sari Nusseibeh-now a university president - was raised to be a "representative man" of post-1948 Palestine. His family's roots in the region can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and his father served as the governor of Jerusalem. Educated in philosophy at Oxford (where he met his wife, Lucy) and Harvard (where he worked as a dishwasher to make ends meet), Nusseibeh returned to Jerusalem intending to build upon his father's support for Palestinian coexistence with Israel." "But the wars of 1967 and 1973 spelled the beginning of the end for the vision of a unified Palestine taking its place alongside Israel - and Nusseibeh's story dramatizes the consequences of war, partition, and terrorism as few other books have done. The never-ending conflicts in the region meant that Nusseibeh was drawn into politics, and his account shows us the daily life of the embattled Palestinian leadership from the inside. From his time teaching side by side with Israelis at the Hebrew University through his appointment by Yasir Arafat to administer Arab Jerusalem, he has held fast to the principles of freedom and equality for all even as the power brokers around him insist that these are impossible to fulfill. As his ancient and storied land is torn apart by settlements and barricades, corruption and violence, Nusseibeh struggles to keep alive some faint hope for his country's future."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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