Doris Friedensohn

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Author: Ari Shavit (Spiegel and Grau/Random House, New York, 2013) Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn         Ari Shavit, the left-wing Israeli journalist, is an uncommonly brave writer. In My Promised Land (2013), he celebrates the remarkable achievements of Israelis – – in turning a Middle Eastern desert
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Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti

Author: Amy Wilentz (Simon & Schuster, 2013) Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn            How do we view people in conditions of abject poverty and powerlessness? In circumstances of catastrophic loss when the earth erupts beneath their flimsy dwellings, leaving them without a cooking pot, an extra tee shirt, or a
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The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society

Authors: Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin (2012, Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art) Reviewed by Doris Friedensohn         Timing, as we know, is (almost) everything. This is the case in national elections, peace overtures, Academy Awards, and what we choose to read. In 2007, when Judith K. Brodsky
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