This book offers perspective and revelatory insider stories about the Palestinian struggle that are not often heard in North America. Ultimately , it strikes a conciliatory, hopeful tone. It is at once an homage to the dead, enlightenment for the living, and wisdom for the future.
Told from the perspective of the author, an 84-year-old businessman and politician who has been at the heart of the Palestinian nationalist cause since the 1950s, speaking to his college-aged grandson who was shot in the back while running away from Israeli troops at a border demonstration. While empathizing with the anger his now wheelchair-bound grandson burnishes -- the author too saw many friends maimed and killed while in pursuit of their human rights -- the author cites many examples from personal experience of the fact that there are always good people in every camp, and that if you are willing to seek them out, there is hope. In fact, reconciliation is the only tenable option. Understanding and peace, a future that offers normalcy and prosperity, are possible.
Many stories told here, about private moments with Yasser Arafat, and with Israeli, Jordanian and US leaders, have never before been told. The author was educated in the US and his wife is from Texas, he has lived and worked in many countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East, and he maintains a second home in London. He tells his story in a way that will connect and resonate with readers from a variety of backgrounds and who hold a range of views on the seemingly endless Palestinian - Israeli standoff.