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Hirsh Goodman's childhood in South Africa was white-and Jewish-in ways he did not initially appreciate. While the local culture brutally suppressed the black population, Hirsh and his friends marched off to Zionist Socialist meetings, full of rhetoric about equality, justice, and democracy-all within the context of Israel. By his mid-teens, Goodman could no longer ignore South Africa's anti-Semitism and racism. He soon left for Israel, never expecting that the promised land of his dreams would also prove to be riven by ethnic and religious conflict. It was after marching victoriously through the Sinai as a paratrooper in the Six-Day War that Goodman heard David Ben-Gurion on the radio warning that Israel must rid itself of its Arab territories lest it "become an Apartheid state," a warning that had a very specific meaning to the young soldier. Then, as a journalist, Goodman witnessed first-hand all of Israel's subsequent troubles, from frontlines, to occupied zones, to the summits that attempted to find even a temporary peace. Let Me Create a Paradise is a wise, warm, and wry memoir. It is one man's life story and the story of two divided nations in two different eras; the tragedies in their histories, and the hope that still exists for both of them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586482435
ISBN-10: 1586482432
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 4-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hirsh Goodman

Hirsh Goodman was born in South Africa in 1946. He immigrated to Israel in 1965 and, since 1971 has been a journalist, starting as military reporter for the Jerusalem Post, then as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Report. He lives in Jerusalem.