From Beirut to Jerusalem Summary

The SQUEEZE: From Beirut to Jerusalem charts the author’s journey and experiences with political and personal conflicts. As a reporter, Thomas L. Friedman was stationed in Beirut from 1979 to 1984 and also in Lebanon from 1984 to 1989. Through the work, Friedman presents a panoramic view of intense, vivid, and wondrous cities, intimating that his previous life experiences never prepared him for his current journey. Friedman offers anecdotes, historical analysis, and self-examination as methods for helping the reader understand the psychology of the Middle East and surrounding regions.

Notable Endorsement: “The most intelligent and comprehensive account one is likely to read.” –The New York Times Book Review

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About the Author: A renowned author, reporter, and journalist, Thomas L. Friedman is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of five bestsellers. Born in Minneapolis in 1953, Friedman joined The New York Times as an international reporter. Friedman published multiple titles, which include The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (2005); and The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999). Friedman graduated from Brandeis University in 1975, majoring in Mediterranean Studies. He also attended St. Anthony’s College in Oxford and completed an M.Phil. degree in Middle East Studies (Oxford). For more information, visit:


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Publisher: Picador (January 2012)

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