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Crossing Mandelbaum Gate: Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978

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Pulitzer Prize Winner Kai Bird's fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict. Weeks before the Suez War of 1956, four-year-old Kai Bird, son of a garrulous, charming American Foreign Service officer, moved to Jerusalem with his family. They settled in a small house, where young Kai could hear church bells and the Muslim call to prayer and watch as donkeys and camels competed with cars for space on the narrow streets. Each day on his way to school, Kai was driven through Mandelbaum Gate, where armed soldiers guarded the line separating Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem from Arab-controlled East. He had a front-seat view to both sides of a divided city — and the roots of the widening conflict between Arabs and Israelis.

Bird would spend much of his life crossing such lines — as a child in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and later, as a young man in Lebanon. Crossing Mandelbaum Gate is his compelling personal history of growing up an American in the midst of three major wars and three turbulent decades in the Middle East. The Zelig-like Bird brings readers into such conflicts as the Suez War, the Six Day War of 1967, and the Black September hijackings in 1970 that triggered the Jordanian civil war. Bird vividly portrays such emblematic figures as the erudite George Antonius, author of The Arab Awakening; Jordan's King Hussein; the Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled; Salem bin Laden, Osama's older brother and a family friend; Saudi King Faisal; President Nasser of Egypt; and Hillel Kook, the forgotten rescuer of more than 100,000 Jews during World War II.

Bird, his parents sympathetic to Palestinian self-determination and his wife the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, has written a masterful and highly accessible book — at once a vivid chronicle of a life spent between cultures as well as a consummate history of a region in turmoil. It is an indispensable addition to the literature on the modern Middle East.

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"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

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"Crossing Mandelbaum Gate is illuminating reading for anyone trying to understand why American diplomats in Israel are still searching for peace or why our soldiers are still in Iraq." Washington Post

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PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRDand#8217;S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Weeks before the Suez War of 1956, four-year-old Kai Bird, son of a garrulous, charming American Foreign Service officer, moved to Jerusalem with his family. They settled in a small house, where young Kai could hear church bells and the Muslim call to prayer and watch as donkeys and camels competed with cars for space on the narrow streets. Each day on his way to school, Kai was driven through Mandelbaum Gate, where armed soldiers guarded the line separating Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem from Arab-controlled East. He had a front-seat view to both sides of a divided cityand#8212;and the roots of the widening conflict between Arabs and Israelis. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bird would spend much of his life crossing such linesand#8212;as a child in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and later, as a young man in Lebanon. andlt;Iandgt;Crossing Mandelbaum Gate andlt;/Iandgt;is his compelling personal history of growing up an American in the midst of three major wars and three turbulent decades in the Middle East. The Zelig-like Bird brings readers into such conflicts as the Suez War, the Six Day War of 1967, and the Black September hijackings in 1970 that triggered the Jordanian civil war. Bird vividly portrays such emblematic figures as the erudite George Antonius, author of andlt;Iandgt;The Arab Awakening; andlt;/Iandgt;Jordanand#8217;s King Hussein; the Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled; Salem bin Laden, Osamaand#8217;s older brother and a family friend; Saudi King Faisal; President Nasser of Egypt; and Hillel Kook, the forgotten rescuer of more than 100,000 Jews during World War II. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bird, his parents sympathetic to Palestinian self-determination and his wife the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, has written a masterful and highly accessible bookand#8212;at once a vivid chronicle of a life spent between cultures as well as a consummate history of a region in turmoil. It is an indispensable addition to the literature on the modern Middle East.

About the Author

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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swr, June 1, 2011 (view all comments by swr)
Is this an example of a Pulitzer winner? A man who shamelessly borrows from others, and semi-plagiarizes to boot! I was astounded to find that Kai's book contained chunks of my own writings including my own mistakes (which I subsequently corrected in later editions). I am referring to the section on Egypt, Maadi and Mr. Ali Sabry, Mr. Karl Eisele and Ayman Zawahiri. Even my spelling errors were copied without the Kai bothering to double-check. Moreover, his some of his dates don't even tally. Mr. Bird would have done better had he followed Mr. Robert Fisk's example who, when he wrote about Karl Eisele in The Independent on 7 August 2010, named his source.
Shame on you Kai Bird, and shame on the panel that awarded you with a Pulitzer…
Samir Raafat - Egyptian author historian - egy.com
Books:
Maadi 1904-1962, History & Society in a Cairo Suburb
Cairo, The Glory Years
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416544401
Subtitle:
Coming of Age Between the Arabs and Israelis, 1956-1978
Author:
Bird, Kai
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography-Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20100420
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
photos and 3 maps t/o; rough front
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 25.795 oz

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Product details 448 pages Scribner Book Company - English 9781416544401 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a deeply felt and moving chronicle of one person's up-close view of the human cost of this seemingly endless struggle."
"Review" by , "Crossing Mandelbaum Gate is illuminating reading for anyone trying to understand why American diplomats in Israel are still searching for peace or why our soldiers are still in Iraq."
"Synopsis" by , PULITZER PRIZE WINNER KAI BIRDand#8217;S fascinating memoir of his early years spent in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon provides an original and illuminating perspective into the Arab-Israeli conflict. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Weeks before the Suez War of 1956, four-year-old Kai Bird, son of a garrulous, charming American Foreign Service officer, moved to Jerusalem with his family. They settled in a small house, where young Kai could hear church bells and the Muslim call to prayer and watch as donkeys and camels competed with cars for space on the narrow streets. Each day on his way to school, Kai was driven through Mandelbaum Gate, where armed soldiers guarded the line separating Israeli-controlled West Jerusalem from Arab-controlled East. He had a front-seat view to both sides of a divided cityand#8212;and the roots of the widening conflict between Arabs and Israelis. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bird would spend much of his life crossing such linesand#8212;as a child in Jerusalem, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, and later, as a young man in Lebanon. andlt;Iandgt;Crossing Mandelbaum Gate andlt;/Iandgt;is his compelling personal history of growing up an American in the midst of three major wars and three turbulent decades in the Middle East. The Zelig-like Bird brings readers into such conflicts as the Suez War, the Six Day War of 1967, and the Black September hijackings in 1970 that triggered the Jordanian civil war. Bird vividly portrays such emblematic figures as the erudite George Antonius, author of andlt;Iandgt;The Arab Awakening; andlt;/Iandgt;Jordanand#8217;s King Hussein; the Palestinian hijacker Leila Khaled; Salem bin Laden, Osamaand#8217;s older brother and a family friend; Saudi King Faisal; President Nasser of Egypt; and Hillel Kook, the forgotten rescuer of more than 100,000 Jews during World War II. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Bird, his parents sympathetic to Palestinian self-determination and his wife the daughter of two Holocaust survivors, has written a masterful and highly accessible bookand#8212;at once a vivid chronicle of a life spent between cultures as well as a consummate history of a region in turmoil. It is an indispensable addition to the literature on the modern Middle East.
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