From Beirut to Jerusalem

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From Beirut to Jerusalem
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First edition
AuthorThomas L. Friedman
CountryUnited States
SubjectLebanon, Israel, Palestine
GenreCurrent affairs, memoir
PublisherFarrar, Straus & Giroux
Anchor Books (1990)
Publication date
August 1990 (first paperback, expanded)
Media typePrint
Pages541 (1990)
ISBN0-385-41372-6 (1990)
Followed byThe Lexus and the Olive Tree 

From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989) is a book by American journalist Thomas L. Friedman chronicling his days as a reporter in Beirut during the Lebanese Civil War and in Jerusalem through the first year of the Intifada.[1]

Friedman wrote a 17-page epilogue for the first paperback edition (Anchor Books, 1990) concerning the potential for peaceful resolution in Israel and Palestine.


It received the 1989 National Book Award for Nonfiction[2] and also the Cornelius Ryan Award. In a book review for The Village Voice, Edward Said criticized what he saw as a naive, arrogant, and orientalist account of the Israel–Palestine conflict.[3]


  1. ^ Friedman, Thomas L., 1989, From Beirut to Jerusalem, New York: Doubleday, pp. 162-163.
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 1989". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  3. ^ "The Orientalist Express: Thomas Friedman Wraps Up the Middle East", Village Voice 36:42, October 17, 1989.

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