Walking Israel

A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation

Martin Fletcher

Thomas Dunne Books

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With its dense history of endless conflict and biblical events, Israel's coastline is by far the most interesting hundred miles in the world. As longtime chief of NBC's Tel Aviv news bureau, Martin Fletcher is in a unique position to interpret Israel, and he brings it off in a spectacular and novel manner. Last year he took time out from his frenetic pace as a newsman and strolled along the entire coast, from Lebanon to Gaza, observing facets of the country that are ignored in news reports, yet tell a different and truer story. The book is packed with hilarious moments, emotional tales, true-life dilemmas, and, above all, great storytelling. By constantly referring to the historical background of today's tumult, Martin Fletcher brings a depth of understanding and sympathy that is unmatched.

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WALKING ISRAEL

1 In the Beginning

 

It is said of Abraham that in his wanderings over many lands, he came to Mesopotamia where he saw the inhabitants spending their time in eating and drinking and in all forms of frivolity. Therefore he said: “May I never have a share in any of these lands.” When he came to Erez Israel and arrived at the ladders of Tyre, he saw the inhabitants of the land ploughing and tilling the soil at the appointed time and sowing and reaping in due course. Therefore he said: “This is the land that I would ask of the Lord as my portion.

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Praise for Walking Israel

“Extraordinary…nothing else like it. There is no better guide. Indispensable for understanding Israel.” 
--Brian Williams, NBC News

“Martin Fletcher is more than the consummate journalist.  He is a master storyteller.  In Walking Israel he gives us a special gift - a real sense of himself and his passion for the land and the people who are much more than the sum of their conflicts.  This book offers a sense of place about a country so many around the world love.”
--David Gregory, Moderator, "Meet the Press"

"Th[e] kaleidoscope of perspectives allows readers to glimpse an Israel too complex to reduce to the familiar script of interethnic strife...A much-needed corrective to media stereotypes."
--Booklist

"Spectacular and unique."
--The Jewish Herald Voice

“This book is about the other Israel, the Israel that the news organizations... ignore on the way to covering yet another tragedy.”
--Associated Press


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About the Author

Martin Fletcher

Martin Fletcher is one of the most respected foreign correspondents in television news. He has won five Emmys, a Columbia University DuPont award, and several Overseas Press Club awards. He spent the last thirty years as NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv.

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Walking Israel
A Personal Search for the Soul of a Nation
Martin Fletcher

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429946063
ISBN10: 1429946067
320 pages
$9.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312534820
ISBN10: 0312534825
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, plus 1 sixteen page black-and-white photograph insert
$16.99
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