Jeffrey Goldberg

Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide

It’s said that truth is stranger than fiction, and in the case of New Yorker correspondent Jeffrey Goldberg’s first book, Prisoners, it’s far more riveting as well. The book charts Goldberg’s evolution from a teenage American Jew steeped in Zionism to a calloused pragmatist who finds good and evil on both sides of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Goldberg’s progress over the course of two decades is gauged against Rafiq, a Palestine Liberation Organization leader Goldberg meets while serving duty at an Israeli prison. Although the pair never quite meet in the middle, the reader is provided with an enlightening glimpse into what is perhaps the most complex political issue of our time.