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  • A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth
  • By: Noa Tishby
  • Narrated by: Noa Tishby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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A “fascinating and very moving” (Aaron Sorkin, award-winning screenwriter of The West Wing and The Social Network) chronological timeline spanning from Biblical times to today that explores one of the most interesting countries in the world—Israel.

Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot-button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts?

Here to fill in the information gap is Israeli American Noa Tishby. But “this is not your Bubbie’s history book” (Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher). Instead, offering a fresh, 360-degree view, Tishby brings her “passion, humor, and deep intimacy” (Yossi Klein Halevi, New York Times bestselling author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor) to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel’s creation to the disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance of facts, Tishby provides critical context around headline-generating controversies and offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel.

©2021 Noa Tishby. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Understanding and Respect for all people

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Fantastic account of Israel from personal and historic perspective. Well written, well researched and well presented with sincere and humorous presentation.

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Objective but not impartial.

I guess it is probably impossible for a balanced book on the history of Middle East. What I particularly enjoyed about this book was the telling of the author’s family history and their association with Israel.
However, when it came to providing the historical context the author’s views become increasingly nationalist through the book. While she does briefly mention some of Israel’s historical faults they are inevitably followed by a big ‘but’……. The author may claim she’s objective but she’s definitely not impartial.

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Fascinating, insightful & educational

Everyone trying to understand or making comments on the Middle East and Israel in particular should listen or read this book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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The facts we never hear

Beautifully written & narrated. Lots of information we rarely hear and from a descendent of a family firmly involved in the pre and early days of the state of Israel.

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Superb

Fact laden and balanced. Everyone should read this book. I think it would benefit from an epilogue given the recent events in the ME. Thank you Noa

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Brilliant, balanced, eye opening, super interesting

I read this book twice. It is a must for all Israel supporters. A brilliant example of how to explain Israel. It is also a must for all Israel demonisers. It is a superb test to their moral compass.

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A must read for a balanced and informed take on Israel

Thank you Noa for bringing this book into the world. I really appreciated the detailed and balanced approach that is much needed in this era of click bait headlines and 30 second sound bites.

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Amazing!

As someone who has attended dozens of anti-israeli protests (Athens, London, Sydney) chanted "from the river to the sea.." and have supported the BDS I am so grateful to this book and so regretful for not doing my homework before taking a stand in the past. The anti-Israeli propaganda is convincing and manipulates well intended people, especially the young idealists,that want to stand for what is presented like a massive injustice and Israel like a fascist state.

This is an excellent book in learning some very important facts and Noa a hugely important voice for the Israelis and also all Jewish communities around the world.

My mother is a 3rd generation Egyptian jew who in the 50s was forced to fill a suitcase, leave the country and never return. Thank you for mentioning the nearly 900.000 jews that were expelled from the arab countries in the 50s.

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Great, great, great book!

Listen to it. You won’t regret it.
It’s full of facts and super easy to understand.
It does leave you with a question though: “why them, why?” I understand that every community needs a common enemy, but “why them?”.

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