How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
by Sarah Glidden
Vertigo, 2010

Glidden, a young Jewish liberal from New York, takes a free Birthright tour of Israel (which sounds like a pretty nifty deal), in search of objective truth and wary of Zionist propaganda, and finds herself somewhat overwhelmed.

She is constantly (mentally) questioning what she is told, and the Israel-Palestine conflict is always in the background. Of course, there are no easy answers, and just because you can perceive manipulation techniques doesn’t mean you won’t still be affected by them, especially when you’re right in the middle of a country soaked, infused and stuffed with history and humanity… even if we don’t learn much about the other forty people on the tour with her.

This is a gratifyingly complex book on an impossibly complex subject, and the dense text contrasts nicely with the simple watercolours. A graphic novel is an excellent way of presenting this information, although it’s not a book you can flick through quickly.

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