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...

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)....

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.  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

By David Holahan May 4, 2014 Matti Friedman, author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story, was there at the beginning, in 1998, fighting for Israel in the non-war against the non-state fighters of Hezbollah in ungoverned south Lebanon. It was, in his telling, the beginning of much of what...

By Ilene Prusher May 23, 2016 A good war memoir never makes war look glamorous. Rather, it puts you in the shoes of the soldier or civilian at those incredible moments when life hangs by a thread, unpacks a few of the conflicting political forces at play...