This year, I’ve decided to read in the Short Stories/Collections category, along with a few other random books that piqued my fancy.
This year, I’ve decided to read in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories.
I wish I had just read the (freaking gigantic!) blurb instead of the actual book.
Almost immediately, Harden comes across as a crusty, grumpy, prejudiced arsehole. Within about a chapter or two, I wished that I hadn’t picked up the book. Or that it wasn’t for the Audies so that it could’ve been a paper book and I could’ve thrown it across the room.
I wasn’t sure about this book, from the title or the cover, but it was probably one of the better books I’ve read about the conflict in the Middle East so far. Beinart approaches the topic from the perspective of American Jews, arguing that what they – and the Israeli government – are doing in Israel/Palestine is hurting their cause and is going to destroy the idea of the Zionist homeland where Jews will be able to live and govern themselves in peace. He specifically links the problems in Israel/Palestine to the American civil rights movement and shows clearly where the Zionist lobby is going wrong and what they need to do to improve.
To be honest, I didn’t really know a single thing about the Lindbergh kidnapping until I read this book. I almost passed on it, actually, because I just didn’t think it’d be that interesting. It’s a criminal case from so long ago, in another country, and it just didn’t seem all that important. I gave it a shot, though, and it turns out to have been a good thing that I did.