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...

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 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...

By Bret Stephens May 6, 2016 From 1985 to 2000, the Israeli military occupied an 11-mile-deep “security zone” in southern Lebanon, in an effort to prevent the area from becoming a staging ground for attacks by Hezbollah into Israel itself. Some 250 Israeli soldiers were killed fighting...

Review: In ‘Pumpkinflowers,’ a New Style of Middle East Combat By Jennifer Senior, Books of the Times During the 1990s, Matti Friedman and his fellow Israeli soldiers fought in a string of conflicts that never collectively earned a name. These battles existed in historical parentheses, wedged between...