NO TRUMPETS, NO DRUMS

A TWO-STATE SETTLEMENT OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT

Nicely balanced, thoughtful blueprint for defusing a volatile component of the Middle East powder keg, from the unique perspective of a collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian scholars. Opting for ``the logic of interests and necessity rather than of rights and desires,'' Heller, a researcher in strategic studies at Tel Aviv Univ., advances the ideas of his earlier A Palestinian State (1983) by hammering out concrete proposals for Israel- Palestine coexistence in partnership with Nusseibeh, a philosophy instructor at a West Bank university. Refreshingly (and realistically), the authors avoid utopian or sentimentalized views- -each, in fact, concedes that he (like most members of the two groups) would prefer the entire piece of land, but agrees that sharing offers ``the only chance for a stable peace.'' Their alternative, or ``least undesirable choice,'' is a two-nation setup roughly adhering to the ``Green Line'' (the 1949 boundaries), with the Palestinian state located in the separate areas of the West Bank and Gaza. Among the essential preconditions addressed here are workable solutions to such major issues as mutual security and verification, borders, refugees, water rights, and the status of Jerusalem. Included is an intriguing picture of Jerusalem as a virtual city-state, part of Israel but administered by independent Palestinian and Israeli municipal councils, each serving its respective constituency—a scheme that the authors believe will allow each nation to fulfill its goal of establishing the city as its capital. Daring in its reliance on reason and cooperation as an antidote to the usual hysteria.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-8090-7393-5

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Hill and Wang/Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1991

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

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Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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A PEOPLE'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES

For Howard Zinn, long-time civil rights and anti-war activist, history and ideology have a lot in common. Since he thinks that everything is in someone's interest, the historian—Zinn posits—has to figure out whose interests he or she is defining/defending/reconstructing (hence one of his previous books, The Politics of History). Zinn has no doubts about where he stands in this "people's history": "it is a history disrespectful of governments and respectful of people's movements of resistance." So what we get here, instead of the usual survey of wars, presidents, and institutions, is a survey of the usual rebellions, strikes, and protest movements. Zinn starts out by depicting the arrival of Columbus in North America from the standpoint of the Indians (which amounts to their standpoint as constructed from the observations of the Europeans); and, after easily establishing the cultural disharmony that ensued, he goes on to the importation of slaves into the colonies. Add the laborers and indentured servants that followed, plus women and later immigrants, and you have Zinn's amorphous constituency. To hear Zinn tell it, all anyone did in America at any time was to oppress or be oppressed; and so he obscures as much as his hated mainstream historical foes do—only in Zinn's case there is that absurd presumption that virtually everything that came to pass was the work of ruling-class planning: this amounts to one great indictment for conspiracy. Despite surface similarities, this is not a social history, since we get no sense of the fabric of life. Instead of negating the one-sided histories he detests, Zinn has merely reversed the image; the distortion remains.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1979

ISBN: 0061965588

Page Count: 772

Publisher: Harper & Row

Review Posted Online: May 26, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1979

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