Author of Israel `bible' pays visit to city

April 02, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Several years ago, California-based journalist and writer Donna Rosenthal was asked a seemingly simple question by a colleague who had just begun covering the Middle East for CNN: Who are the Israelis?

Her answer, almost five years in the making, is the book The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land (Free Press, $28), an unusual, in-depth look at the diverse social fabric of Israeli society, from its booming high-tech sector to its large gay and lesbian population.

Rosenthal, who has a master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics and spent many years as a reporter in Israel, will appear at the Barnes and Noble bookstore at the Inner Harbor Monday to discuss and sign her book.

"I originally wrote The Israelis as a `bible' for journalists," Rosenthal said. "Israel has more foreign journalists per capita than any other country, and gets more coverage than India, China and Africa combined."

The book, she says, is now on reading lists at colleges including the University of Maryland, and "will soon be required reading for Israeli diplomats."

Rosenthal's Monday appearance is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 601 E. Pratt St. Call 410-385-1709.

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