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Ever since the appearance of his groundbreaking The Question of Palestine, Edward Said has been America's most outspoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination. As these collected essays amply prove, he is also our most intelligent and bracingly heretical writer on affairs involving not only Palestinians but also the Arab and Muslim worlds and their tortuous relations with the West.
In The Politics of Dispossession Said traces his people's struggle for statehood through twenty-five years of exile, from the PLO's bloody 1970 exile from Jordan through the debacle of the Gulf War and the ambiguous 1994 peace accord with Israel. As frank as he is about his personal involvement in that struggle, Said is equally unsparing in his demolition of Arab icons and American shibboleths. Stylish, impassioned, and informed by a magisterial knowledge of history and literature, The Politics of Dispossession is a masterly synthesis of scholarship and polemic that has the power to redefine the debate over the Middle East.
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"As this fascinating collection of essays confirms, no other liberation movement has had such a passionate, coherent, and objective voice as that given by Edward Said to the Palestinian people. Especially at this time of alleged transition in Israeli-Palestinian relations, Said's extraordinary moral imagination, political range, and cultural awareness provide a unique perspective. Anyone who claims concern with the past, present, and future fate of the Palestinian struggle needs to read and ponder Said's brilliantly sustained assessments."--Richard Falk, on The Politics of DispossessionFrom the Back Cover:
"The most eloquent and visible voice of the Palestinian struggle in America.... [Said's] combination of flamboyant style and erudite radicalism, honesty and advocacy... makes The Politics of Dispossession necessary and informative for anyone interested in the complexities of the Palestinian question." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"This book should be read by anyone who wants to get beyond the shallow stereotypes that bedevil American thinking on the Middle East." -- Robert Hughes
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Book Description Pantheon, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0679430571
Book Description Pantheon, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # DADAX0679430571