Books: Battling The Myths and Dogma

FROM BEIRUT TO JERUSALEM by Thomas L. Friedman

Farrar, Straus & Giroux; 525 pages; $22.95

Ten years as a journalist in Lebanon and Israel taught Thomas L. Friedman two important lessons. "First, when it comes to discussing the Middle East, people go temporarily insane, so if you are planning to talk to an audience of more than two, you'd better have mastered the subject. Second, a Jew who wants to make a career working in or studying about the Middle East will always be a lonely man: he will never be fully accepted or trusted by the Arabs, and he will...

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