14 Oct Writers’ Trust Weston Prize shortlist

The Writers' Trust of Canada has announced that Pumpkinflowers is one of five finalists for this year's Hilary Weston Prize for Nonfiction. The winner of the prize, considered the “richest annual literary award” for a nonfiction book by a Canadian author, will be announced at a ceremony in...

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14 Oct PJ Media review, Sept. 2016

The 'New Middle East' That Never Was P. David Hornik Matti Friedman, a journalist and writer who moved from Canada to Israel in his late teens in the late 1990s, has written a powerful little book, Pumpkinflowers, that takes you deep into Israeli and Middle Eastern reality. The...

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14 Oct JRB review, Fall 2016

A Cedar of Lebanon Jewish Review of Books, Fall 2016 Amy Newman Smith Matti Friedman came home from Outpost Pumpkin, where he was based during his tour of duty in Lebanon, not long before Israel made the decision to withdraw from the “security zone.” “When the army pulled...

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15 Aug Australia dates, August-September 2016

I'll be in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne between Aug. 27 and Sept. 4 -- details here:   Sydney Jewish Writers Festival Sat., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.: Israel’s Battle Lines (with Dov Lipman and Debbie Whitmont). Details here. Sun., Aug. 28, 12:30 p.m.: Unearthing Israel’s Hidden Stories (with Michael Visontay)....

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24 Jun Council on Foreign Relations book pick

The Council on Foreign Relations podcast picked Pumpkinflowers  as a recommended summer read, and CFR's Bob McMahon, James Lindsay, and Elizabeth Saunders discussed the book on the June 16 podcast. Listen to it here.  ...

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23 Jun Amazon Top 20 of 2016 (So Far)

June 22, 2016 "Pumpkinflowers" has been chosen as one of Amazon's top 20 books of the year so far. It's also included in the top 20 books in the History and Biography/Memoir categories. There are lots of great books on the list, which you can see here...

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23 Jun Prospect review (UK)

By Ben Judah June 16, 2016 The Hebrew of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is very different from the kind I was taught at synagogue. Wounded soldiers are “flowers.” Dead soldiers are “oleanders,” “their dicks were broken.” “Lebanon,” for the Israeli writer Matti Friedman’s generation, means not just...

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29 May Globe and Mail review

By Matt Lennox May 20, 2016 The term “asymmetric warfare” refers to any conflict where there is a large disparity between belligerents. This disparity may be reflected in size, organization, equipment, tactics, strategic objectives and even philosophical beliefs. To put it a little more crudely, asymmetric warfare...

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29 May Mother Jones interview

By Max J. Rosenthal May 21, 2016 In 1999, a Canadian-Israeli teenager named Matti Friedman went to war as an Israeli soldier. He manned a small hilltop outpost called the Pumpkin, one of a string of Israeli bases that stretched across southern Lebanon and served as both...

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