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....

New York Times Notable Book

The New York Times just published its annual list of the 100 notable books of the year. "Pumpkinflowers" is one of them. Check out the full list here....

Amazon’s Top 10 of 2016

Amazon's editorial team has chosen "Pumpkinflowers" as one of the ten best books of 2016. The list: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: A brilliant, wise, fantastical yet grounded portrayal of a young slave seeking her freedom on a real underground railroad. The Wolf Road by Beth...

Houston, Nov. 3-4, 2016

On Nov. 3 (7:30 p.m.) I'll be speaking in Houston as part of the Book & Arts Fair at the Evelyn Rubinstein JCC. Details here. On Nov. 4 (12 noon) I'll be speaking at Rice University. Details here.  ...