Max Blumenthal at the University of Pennsylvania
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Don't miss Nation Books author Max Blumenthal talking about his new book at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest work from the acclaimed journalist is Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. He will be speaking with Ian Lustick, professor of political science at UPenn and author of the widely discussed New York Times op-ed on the "two state illusion."

In an article for Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar—a former chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, where he worked for 35 years—writes,

Unlike most Jews — American or Israeli — Blumenthal chose to leave his comfort zone, go into disputed territory and examine the burning questions for himself. In fact, Blumenthal's greatest strength and interest is in events on the ground and the people who live there, far from the 'peace process' and diplomatic salons. 

Blumenthal immerses himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements. In Goliath, Blumenthal reveals an Israel where right-wing leaders are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where there is an organized assault on civil liberties; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as "demographic threats."

"Brash, gritty, personal and close to the ground, this is a report from an Israel and a Palestine we seldom see in the mainstream media. The sharp-edged scenes and portraits in this disturbing book shows why the chances for lasting peace in the region have gone from bad to worse." -Adam Hochschild

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in the New York TimesLos Angeles Times, the Daily Beast, The Nation, and many other publications. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party (Nation Books, 2010) was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Watch Blumenthal on Democracy Now! Part II is available here.

An excerpt of Goliath is available via AlterNet. For more information about the book, click here. Buy the book here


Start: October 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM0
End: October 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM1
Where: 3420 Walnut St
University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA 19104