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Matti Friedman

Matti Friedman's 2016 book "Pumpkinflowers" was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book and as one of Amazon's 10 Best Books of the Year. It was selected as one of the year's best by Booklist, Mother Jones, Foreign Affairs, the National Post and the Globe and Mail. His first book, "The Aleppo Codex,"
won the 2014 Sami Rohr Prize, the ALA's Sophie Brody Medal, and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for history. A former Associated Press correspondent, Friedman has reported from Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Moscow, the Caucasus and Washington D.C. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post and elsewhere. Friedman grew up in Toronto and now lives with his family in Jerusalem.

His new book is "Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel."

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Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel
Algonquin Books
March 2019
ISBN 9781616207229
272 pages
$26.95, NYP
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"The story of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, which was conceived in Palestine during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders, and which eventually became the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel's vaunted intelligence agency"--

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier's Story
Algonquin Books
April 2017
ISBN 9781616206918
272 pages
$16.95, INSTOCK
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Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the experience of a band of Israeli soldiers charged with holding a remote outpost in Lebanon during an unnamed war that foreshadowed the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

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