Every Second Counts is a collection of thirty-two human interest articles by Danish-born journalist Richard Oestermann. Through the poignant narratives offered in this collection, he opens a doorway into the lives of ordinary people, including Jews, Christians, and Arabs.
The book is a look at the lesser-known aspects of Israeli life. It is characterized by an expression of tolerance and understanding between different groups of Israeli society, as seen through the eyes and experiences of the author who began his career in Israel as a foreign correspondent covering the Adolf Eichmann war crimes trial.
About the Author The author, Richard Oestermann, is responsible for most of the photographs in this book. Born in Denmark, Richard Oestermann is a journalist who received his education in the United States, among other countries. He has lived in Israel since 1961, when he came to the country with hundreds of foreign journalists to cover the trial of the notorious war criminal, Adolf Eichmann. Since then, he has worked as a journalist and political commentator in the Middle East for the Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish press.
Richard Oestermann’s earlier book, Fodt pa ny, was enthusiastically received. It was published in Norway in 1998 by Exodus Publishing and in Denmark in 1999 by Thaning & Appel Publishing. In 1999 it was published under the title Born Again by Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem and New York.
Critic Reviews: “Anyone interested in Israel will treasure this book, both as a record of recent times and as a rich collection of stories about an extraordinary land and people.”
Esra, Summer 2006
“A kaleidoscope of life in Israel in an attempt to get another image of Israel than the stereotype of violence.”
-Israel Foreign Press Association
Reader Reviews: Oestermann’s assortment of writings demonstrates that he is a perceptive observer whose columns provide a diverting experience for readers.
- Dr. Morton I. Teicher
Richard Oestermann presents a rich and varied view of life in Israel over the difficult years of the second intifada.. His sensitive accounts of real life here serve to counter the images so prevalent in the world's media.
- Ehud Olmert Acting Prime Minister & Minister of Finance February, 2006
Every Second Counts is a compelling and important book. Richard Oestermann's stories of ordinary people and their extraordinary efforts put the reader in their places in Israel during the second intifada. It is a must read to understand the true situation of everyday life in Israel.
- Abraham H. Foxman
National Director, Anti-Defamation League U.S.A. Author, Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism
I read your book. Amazing...it was very interesting. I was surprised to see that it included so many subjects and issues that are so very relevant to our country. I hope that god will help you to keep on writing at this level.Please keep me posted. Thank you and may god bless you
- Dr. Yunis Abu-Rabiah
Israel's first Bedouin doctor, now a ranking physician at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.
I consider your book a masterpiece. You captured the real heart of Israel and its people. The language is coherent and easy for everyone to comprehend. I would love to see your book become part of our school curriculum.
Caesarea English teacher, with 30 years experience