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Crossing Mandelbaum Gate

Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

by Kai Bird

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  • Published in USA  Apr 2010
    448 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Kai Bird's vivid memoir of an American childhood spent in the midst of the Arab-Israeli conflict in Jerusalem and Saudia Arabia.

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"Starred Review. Bird’s brushes with history...brings home the deeply messy humanity of the stories he binds together in this kaleidoscopic and captivating book." - Publishers Weekly

"A wise, intimate memoir ... If one person's story can shed light on a larger history, Bird's memoir carries many excellent lessons." - Kirkus Reviews

"This is a deeply felt and moving chronicle of one person’s up-close view of the human cost of this seemingly endless struggle." - Booklist

"I was entranced by this book from the first page to the last, and can recommend it with enthusiasm." - Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of Israel: A History and Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century

"…a meandering family scrapbook cobbled together with an earnest, condensed history of the region during those years. It illuminates a common experience among expatriates who crisscross the Middle East without being emotionally bonded to any side. They grow frustrated that the Arabs and Israelis—whom they come to know as two vital, charming, urbane, hospitable peoples—cannot see past the sense of their own victim­hood to accept the other as a neighbor…Bird sprinkles his book with engaging miniature portraits of overlooked characters and events." - The New York Times, Neil MacFarquhar

"I was entranced by this book from the first page to the last, and can recommend it with enthusiasm." - Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of Israel: A History and Jerusalem in the Twentieth Century

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Kai Bird

Kai Bird is the co-author with Martin J. Sherwin of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2005), which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. His other books include The Chairman: John J. McCloy, the Making of the American Establishment (1992) and The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy & William Bundy, Brothers in Arms (1998). Bird's many honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation. A contributing editor of The Nation, he lives in Kathmandu, Nepal, with his wife and son.

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