Philosopher & Statesman

Once Upon a Country
A Palestinian Life
Sari Nusseibeh, with Anthony David
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27.50, 560 pp.

Although Sari Nusseibeh first met the distinguished Israeli novelist Amos Oz in 1978, it was not until he read Oz’s autobiography in 2004 that he realized they had been boyhood neighbors in a divided Jerusalem. “I was raised no more than a hundred feet away from where Oz lived out his childhood, just on the other side of the fortified ‘No Man’s Land’ established in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli War.” Despite his proximity to...

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Leslie Woodcock Tentler, author of Catholics and Contraception: A History, is professor of history at the Catholic University of America.