Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Kai Bird  discusses growing up in America during three major wars and three turbulent decades in the Middle East.

Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978 is his memoir of the years he spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon, in which he provides an original and illuminating perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict.


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Comments [3]

Kudos to the designers and editors of the sequence of interviews today.

May. 24 2010 01:58 PM

Mr. Bird hasn't mentioned expressly the tension between the career diplomatic corps and politicians, but I think I hear it simmering -- especially as regards the perceptions career diplomats must develop from extended, direct, personal relations with people directly affected by governments' policies.

May. 24 2010 01:54 PM

Could he discuss the escalating tensions up to the end of WWII and how they enveloped existential threats?

May. 24 2010 01:45 PM

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