Upcoming speaking dates in the US (May 2017)

A few speaking dates coming up -- for more details click on the date: May 8, 2017: Philadelphia. Jewish Community Services Building, 6:30 p.m.  A conversation with Middle East historian Asaf Romirowsky. May 9: Washington, DC. New America (740 15th St NW), 6 p.m. A discussion with Douglas...

“Pumpkinflowers” in Hebrew

"Pumpkinflowers" was published in Hebrew last week by Dvir, an imprint of Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan. The Hebrew title is דלעת: מוצב אחד בלבנון, or "Pumpkin: One Outpost in Lebanon." ...

Foreign Affairs, Best of 2016

"Pumpkinflowers" is on the Foreign Affairs list of the best books of 2016, one of three in the "military, scientific, and technological" category. The list is here....

2017 Taylor Prize shortlist

"Pumpkinflowers" has been chosen as one of five finalists for the 2017 Taylor Prize for Canadian non-fiction. The five are: Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story of a Forgotten War by Matti Friedman Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World by Marc Raboy This Is Not My Life: A...

Mother Jones: 20 Notable Reads of 2016

Mother Jones includes "Pumpkinflowers" on its year-end list of 20 recommended books, describing it like this: "This is a 21st-century war story, with all of the IEDs, propaganda videos, jihadi groups we're accustomed to—but one told in the restrained, introspective style of the World War I writers...

Booklist Editors’ Choice

Booklist has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" for its 2016 Editors' Choice list. The editors write: "Friedman’s compelling narrative of what he learned by serving in the late 1990s as an Israeli soldier assigned to a vulnerable hilltop fortress in Lebanon, called the Pumpkin, is freighted with explosive geopolitical...

National Post Top 99 of 2016

Canada's National Post has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" as one of the top 99 books of 2016. The editors write: "Friedman recounts a small group of soldiers’ defence of a single hill in Lebanon as a microcosm for regional conflict and many asymmetrical conflicts worldwide. Friedman, one of those young...

Globe and Mail Top 100

"Pumpkinflowers" is one of The Globe and Mail's top 100 books of the year. The full list is right here....