ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW' S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR A gripping day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David conference, when President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first peace treaty in the modern Middle East, one which endures to this day. With his hallmark insight into the forces at play in the Middle East and his acclaimed journalistic skill, Lawrence Wright takes us through each of the thirteen days of the Camp David conference, illuminating the issues that have made the problems of the region so intractable, as well as exploring the scriptural narratives that continue to frame the conflict. In addition to his in-depth accounts of the lives of the three leaders, Wright draws vivid portraits of other fiery personalities who were present at Camp David--including Moshe Dayan, Osama el-Baz, and Zbigniew Brzezinski--as they work furiously behind the scenes. Wright also explores the significant role played by Rosalynn Carter. What emerges is a riveting view of the making of this unexpected and so far unprecedented peace. Wright exhibits the full extent of Carter's persistence in pushing an agreement forward, the extraordinary way in which the participants at the conference-many of them lifelong enemies-attained it, and the profound difficulties inherent in the process and its outcome, not the least of which has been the still unsettled struggle between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In Thirteen Days in September, Wright gives us a resonant work of history and reportage that provides both a timely revisiting of this important diplomatic triumph and an inside look at how peace is made.
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"Mark BramhallÕs voice has a remarkable calm strength and evenness throughout his excellent reading of this in-depth, clear-eyed examination of the Middle East. The book is three intertwined histories: a concise look at the nations and historic events of the Middle East from 1948 to 1978; a fascinating overview of the ancient peoples who wrote and lived the stories in the Bible, Torah, and Koran; and, of course, an hour-by-hour account of the impassioned arguments and debates that took place at the 1978 Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt, which was brokered by President Jimmy Carter. BramhallÕs delivery reflects how serious a task it was to bring three very different leaders and personalities together to talk peace for 13 short days in September 1978. Essential listening. B.P. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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