Widely regarded as the most important social commentator since
Jean-Paul Satre, Edward Said was a proud and fearless Palestinian
intellectual, as well as the constant thorn in Ariel Sharon's side.
In this collection of posthumous essays, he outlines the
Middle-East conflict from the Arab perspective and seems unafraid
to criticize both enemies and friends alike. American foreign
policy and the pro-Jewish lobby are cross-examined, so too are
decades of Israeli violence and oppression. Surprisingly, however,
Said directs his most ferocious attacks at his own people and, in
particular, at the Palestinian spokesman Yasser Arafat. He pours
scorn on his 'leader's' every move, especially those which seem to
pander to the United States. It is a dangerous stance to take and
one that has, on several occasions, incurred the wrath American
presidents from Reagan through to Bush. Still, Said seemed to
thrive on controversy, and this thought-provoking and compendious
book is proof of that fact. It is a bold effort to rewrite
Palestinian history and a valiant attempt to point out the
direction of the nation's future. (Kirkus UK)
The essays in "From Oslo to Iraq and the Roadmap" were written
between the end of 2000 and early 2003. They offer Edward Said's
commentary on the deepening crisis in the Middle East: pre 9/11, to
the bombing of the World Trade Center, through to Afghanistan and
the early days of the war in Iraq. This collection is filled with
the eloquence, anger and the immense humanity for which Said was so
loved and admired. Urgent, thought-provoking and troubling, it
gives us a valuable perspective of the events of the last few
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