I enjoyed reading Steven Bayme’s review of “Like Dreamers” (“Still One Nation?” The Arts, Sept. 27), but his allusion to the “Medieval British philosopher, Roger Bacon” needs correction. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) was an Elizabethan philosopher who noted in his essay, “Of Studies,” that “some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”
That Halevi’s book merits repeated digestion is a fitting conclusion.
Yossi Klein Halevi tells the story of the war heroes who reunited Jerusalem and divided the nation.
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With “Like Dreamers,” due out Oct. 1, Yossi Klein Halevi, an American-born writer and journalist living in Jerusalem, has written a powerful and haunting book about the soul of modern Israel, focusing on the lives of seven Israelis, members of the famed 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade. These men helped reunite Jerusalem in the 1967 war and went on to become exemplars of the social, religious, political and cultural impulses that divided the country, from Peace Now to Gush Emunim, from Torah scholars to kibbutz leaders to a revered musician, Israel’s Bob Dylan.