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CAIN’S FIELD: Battles Between Brothers in the Middle East

Matt Rees

Nonfiction, 2004

A groundbreaking work from Time Magazine’s Jerusalem bureau chief combines a dazzling narrative with bold insight. While the world focuses its attention on the often violent clash between Israel and Palestine, award-winning journalist Matt Rees uses his firsthand access and unique perspective to expose the internal rifts and self-defeating strategies on both sides. In CAIN’S FIELD, he explains how Palestinians are unable to see beyond the occupation of the West Bank, the growing number of Jewish settlers, and other Israeli actions, while Israelis typically are blind to anything but the Intifada and the suicide bombings. Neither side can look within itself and agree on how its own community ought to be run. Thus, instead of facing the conflict with brotherhood and solidarity, the situation is worsened by internal divisions



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”No matter how much you think you know about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Matt Rees’s masterful reporting will reshape your perceptions. He burrows deeply into each side’s internal struggles, taking you inside people’s minds. This will change the way you see news from the battleground.” – David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

”Matt Rees is a particularly able foreign correspondent who knows the Middle East better than most anyone. His writing is free of cant and oversimplification, and In Cain’s Field he has looked past the clichés and sureties of the hundred-year war between Arab and Jew and come up with a story that is as original as it is compelling.” – Jeffrey Goldberg, The New Yorker

”Matt Rees is a terrific journalist who really knows the Middle East and, more important, really knows how to get to the emotional heart of the matter –  through individual lives, through remarkable stories of heartbreak, hope and redemption. If there is wisdom, and healing, to be gleaned from this ongoing tragedy, surely it will come from books like this one.” – Joe Klein, Time Magazine political columnist and author of Primary Colors USA, Free Press

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