Balcony Over Jerusalem : A Middle East Memoir
by John Lyons
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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A prehension memories of life in Jerusalem from one of Australia’s most experienced Middle East correspondentsAustralian leading journalist John Lyons will take readers on a fascinating personal journey through the wonders and dangers of the Middle EastFrom the pure excitement of arriving in Jerusalem with his wife and eight-year-old son, to the fall of dictators and his grip on what it feels like to be taken by Egyptian soldiers, blindfolded and interrogated, this is a memoir about the Middle East like no otherDrawing over 20 years, interest in the Middle East, Lyon had exceptional access – he is interviewed everyone from former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert to key figures from Hezbollah and HamasHe witnessed the brutal up close of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and was one of the last foreign journalists in Iran during the violent repression against the “Green Revolution”.He is confronted by Hamas officials about why they shoot rockets at Israel and Israeli soldiers about why they fire tear gas at Palestinian schoolchildrenTelling the story of his family traveling through the region, this book is extremely readable and entertaining, humorous, colorfulIt is sometimes dazzling in detail, sometimes tragicLyon says he wrote it so that readers can feel they are there, with him, so they can feel the wonderful markets of the Middle East and feel the fear of what it is like to have their eyes blindfolded and have their hands tied with power cordLyon also looks at the 50 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank – the mechanics of how it works, and the effect it is now having on Israelis and Palestinians.Lyon explains the Middle East through every day of his life and experiences, from his son to school, his wife, his friends and his own relationships with a range of people over six years oldIf you don’t read a book about the Middle East, what it is.
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