Based on the remarkable, true story of a legendary Bedouin scout in the Israeli Security Forces. More Below
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In an Israeli hospital, two men battle with death. Two men who could not be more different – Salim Saadi, the legendary Arab Bedouin scout, and author Steven Plaut, an American-Israeli professor. They lie together in the ward, one next to the other, sharing their life stories, unearthing layer upon layer of the history of the Bedouin scouts, a history enshrouded in biblical themes and rich folklore.
The Bedouin scouts are the largely unsung heroes of the Jewish state. The Scout by Steven Plaut centers on the extraordinary true story of Salim Saadi, yet at the same time reaches outward, to embrace a broader examination of Bedouin-Jewish relations in Israel.
From King Solomon to Napoleon, from the Arab revolt in the late 1930s to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Plaut skillfully and tenderly arranges the numerous fragments of narrative to produce a richly variegated, mosaic-like portrayal of Bedouin history that is steeped in adventure, honor and spirit, and at the same time, brings to life a gripping and dramatic chapter of the tumultuous story of the Middle East.
Steven Plaut was born in Philadelphia, and received a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1978. He emigrated to Israel in 1981, and is currently the Professor of Business Administration at the University of Haifa. He has published numerous articles in publications such as The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Press and Midstream. He is also a columnist for the National Review Online.
“An original and heartfelt portrait of Israeli society told through the life of the ‘Scout’, one of Israel’s greatest Bedouin trackers. This memoir captures the humor and humanity underpinning the mosaic of cultures and experiences that is Israel.” Efraim Karsh, Head of the Mediterranean Studies Program at King’s College, London
“Plaut’s fast-paced account reads like a novel but is even better – an informative and insightful page turner that centers on the life of a Bedouin with uncanny tracking abilities. Read it, enjoy it and learn from it. Northern Israel won’t look the same again.” Daniel Pipes, Publisher of Middle East Quarterly, Director of Middle East Forum and syndicated columnist
“Steven Plaut, hitherto known as Israel’s Jonathan Swift for his political satire, here shines forth as a biographer, folklorist, and historical novelist. This richly imagined account of his relations with a Bedouin fellow-patient in an intensive care ward in Haifa reminds us that all men are equal in the face of death.” Edward Alexander, Professor of English at University of Washington
“A beautifully written book.” Marek Breiger, The Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, February 2003