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A powerful and insightful narrative of a journey -- once violently interrupted and here resumed -- through one of the most compelling regions on earth. /Veteran commentator Charles Glass returns to the Middle East to confront the men who kidnapped him and to reveal some thought-provoking insights on the politics and people of this troubled region. / A brilliantly perceptive travel book published at a particularly critical time in the history of the Middle East. / For his reporting and investigative pieces, Glass has been honoured by the Overseas Press Club and has shared Commonwealth and George Foster Peabody Awards. / Over the past 25 years Charles Glass has been a regular freelance contributor and columnist in a wide range of newspapers in the US and the UK including the Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the Independent. / Competition: Robert Fisk; Fergal Keane
Former ABC News Chief Charles Glass has lived in Beirut for six years and covered the Middle East as a journalist for twenty-five years. In 1987, while writing his book `Tribes with Flags', Hizbullah kidnapped him in Lebanon and held him until he escaped two months later. He is also the author of `Money for Old Rope'. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Independent.
'Fascinating!intriguing!Glass is skilled at bringing people alive!an important book.' Sunday Times 'Charles Glass reads like Taki with an explosives belt. Yet this attention to social form becomes a strength when it shows how a generation of insult by both British and Israeli occupiers has brought a traditional Arab society to the end of its tether!Even the ruling passions of Glass's life and writing, which are good food and pretty women, contribute balance to the book.' Spectator 'He writes stylishly!the most absorbing passages in the book trace Glass's progress through Israel and the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza!Glass enlivens his text with some intruiging asides.' Daily Mail 'Anyone who is interested in the continuing agony of the Middle East should read this book.' Literary Review 'An eloquent and sensitive journey!with trademark flowing style and laconic humour.' Oldie 'Glass is especially good at seeing the divisions within the national tribes!(his) account of the five tribes within the State of Israel!is masterly and intimate.' Times Literary Supplement