Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David

51-zfuobtmlBook #15: Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Lawrence Wright

Ill will and hostility between Arabs and Israelis have been pervasive throughout the history of the state of Israel.  The hostilities center around not just Israel’s right to existence but also to the boundaries of Arab, Israeli and Palistianian states.  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter invited Egypt’s President Anwar Sadat and Israel’s Prime Minister Menachem Begin to Camp David to broker a peace in the Middle East.  During this 2 week period there were many times where talks were on the verge of failure.  But in the end were able to develop a framework for future discussion.   I thought this was an interesting book as it discussed a major historical event in Middle East politics.  However throughout the book there was a subtle anti-Israeli tone that seemed to undermine the legitimacy of the Israeli position at the accords.

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Solitary: The Crash, Captivity and Comeback of an Ace Fighter Pilot

b00krcub5k-01-lBook #1: Solitary: The Crash, Captivity and Comeback of an Ace Fighter Pilot, Giora Romm

September 11, 1969, Giora Romm, Israeli Air Force’s first fighter ace is shot down over Egypt during the War of Attrition.  Badly injured, he is captured and imprisoned – kept in solitary, beaten and interrogated and eventually released.  This is a story of triumph not only over the hardships of imprisonment but of the human spirit in recovering from the lingering psychological effects of captivity.

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