"My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" - A Conversation with the author, Ari Shavit
The Ha'aretz journalist and author discusses his new book, a personal narrative history of the State of Israel
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
UCLA Schoenberg Hall
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND THE ECONOMIST • WINNER OF THE NATAN BOOK AWARD • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“My Promised Land” tells the story of Israel through the life stories of various individuals. It opens with Shavit’s great-grandfather arriving in the Land of Israel in 1897 and ends with the 2013 election and the Iranian crisis. Shavit draws on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, to illuminate the pivotal moments of the Zionist century and describe Israel today, as it faces unprecedented internal and external pressures.
The book asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today’s global political landscape.
About the Author
Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. In recent years, his voice has become one of the most powerful and influential voices in Israel’s public arena. His unique writing, which challenges the dogmas of both right and left, has made him one of the leading political thinkers of the Jewish state.
Born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1957, Shavit served as a paratrooper in the IDF and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In the 1980s, he wrote for the progressive weekly Kotert Rashit. In the early 1990s, he was Chairperson of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and in 1995 he joined Haaretz.
Shavit is well known for his in-depth interviews and thought-provoking articles. Among the leading figures with whom he had unique conversations are Shimon Peres, Ariel Sharon, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Aharon Barak, Amos Oz, and David Grossman. In 2005 Shavit published Partition – a book exploring the different approaches to conflict, occupation and peace.
Shavit is also a leading commentator on Israel’s public TV Channel 1.
Praise for My Promised Land
“[A] must-read book . . . [My Promised Land] is a real contribution to changing the conversation about Israel and building a healthier relationship with it. Before their next 90-minute phone call, both Barack and Bibi should read it.”—Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
“The most extraordinary book that I’ve read on [Israel] since Amos Elon’s book called The Israelis, and that was published in the late sixties.”—David Remnick, on Charlie Rose
“Israel is not a proposition, it is a country. Its facticity is one of the great accomplishments of the Jews’ history. . . . It is one of the achievements of Ari Shavit’s important and powerful book to recover [that] feeling.”—Leon Wieseltier, The New York Times Book Review