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Peace And Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
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Peace And Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process Paperback - 1996 - 1st Edition

by Said, Edward W

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In works such as Culture and Imperialism, Said has compelled us to question our culture's most privileged myths. Now with this impassioned and incisive book, our foremost Palestinian-American intellectual challenges the official version of the Middle East "peace process". "He challenges and stimulates our thinking in every area".-- Washington Post Book World.

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  • Title Peace And Its Discontents: Essays on Palestine in the Middle East Peace Process
  • Author Said, Edward W
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition number 1st
  • Edition 1
  • Condition Used - Good
  • Pages 224
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Vintage, New York
  • Date January 3, 1996
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 0679767258.G
  • ISBN 9780679767251 / 0679767258
  • Weight 0.56 lbs (0.25 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.94 x 5.3 x 0.63 in (20.17 x 13.46 x 1.60 cm)
  • Themes
    • Cultural Region: Middle Eastern
  • Library of Congress subjects Israel, Arab-Israeli conflict - 1973-1993
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 95034226
  • Dewey Decimal Code 956.04

First line

Now that some of the euphoria has lifted, what emerges from the Israeli-PLO agreement is a deal that is more flawed and less favorable for the Palestinian people than many had first supposed.

From the rear cover

Ever since Yasir Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel and the Palestinian people have been engaged in what commentators persist in calling "the peace process". Yet Israel remains racked by violence and continuing land seizures, and Palestinians are more demoralized than ever before. Now in this probing and impassioned book, one of our foremost Palestinian-American intellectuals explains why the much-vaunted process has yet to produce peace - and is unlikely to as presently constituted. Whether Edward Said is addressing the fatal flaws in the PLO's bargain, denouncing fundamentalists on both sides of the religious divide, or calling our attention to the distortions in official coverage of the Arab world, he offers insights beyond the conventional wisdom and a sympathy that extends to both Israelis and Palestinians. He does so with an incisiveness, clarity, and fairness that make Peace and Its Discontents essential reading for anyone who cares about the future of the Middle East.


Media reviews


  • Booklist, 01/01/1996, Page 783
  • Library Journal, 12/01/1995, Page 132
  • New York Times, 01/28/1996, Page 19
  • Publishers Weekly, 12/04/1995, Page 56

About the author

Edward W. Said was born in 1935 in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964). In 1963, he began teaching at Columbia University, where he was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature. He is the author of twenty-two books which have been translated into 35 languages, including Orientalism (1978); The Question of Palestine (1979); Covering Islam (1980); Culture and Imperialism (1993); Peace and Its Discontents (1996); and Out of Place: A Memoir (1999). Besides his academic work, he wrote a twice-monthly column for Al-Hayat and Al-Ahram; was a regular contributor to newspapers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and was the music critic for The Nation. He died in 2003 in New York City.