Say the word Israel today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers' dream of founding a socialist utopia in the land called Palestine?
Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel draws listeners into the quest for answers to the defining political conflict of our era. Acclaimed author David Leach revisits his raucous memories of life as a kibbutz volunteer and returns to meet a new generation of Jewish and Arab citizens struggling to forge a better future together. Crisscrossing the nation, Leach chronicles the controversial decline of Israel's kibbutz movement and witnesses a renaissance of the original vision for a peaceable utopia in unexpected corners of the Promised Land. Chasing Utopia is an entertaining and enlightening portrait of a divided nation where hope persists against the odds.
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One-sided and superficial
The beginning is interesting and rings true. I was a volunteer in a kibbutz as well and now live on another kibbutz with my wife. The only thing that annoyed me in the beginning was the choice of having a non-Hebrew speaker read this book laced with Hebrew. Later on it becomes more and more obvious that the author has bought into the anti-Israel narrative that is so rampant amongst leftists in the western world. No voice for the Israeli point of view, only Israel bashing. This is one on the few books I didn't manage to finish reading using Audible. I stopped reading 2 hours and 16 minutes from the end...
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