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A compelling piece of historical journalism covering the Camp David Summit, which forged Carter’s landmark 1977 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, the most significant peace treaty since WWII.


Lawrence Wright is phenomenal at taking complex subjects and weaving them into compelling and detailed historical narratives. I read and loved Going Clear, his exposé of Scientology, so when my friend recommended Thirteen Days in September, I didn’t hesitate.

I can’t say that I am versed on the Israel Palestine conflict. Before picking up Thirteen days, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what the Camp David Accords were. This book was fantastic because is manages to balance thorough detail with page-turning storytelling.

In his day-by-day account, Wright underlines how such a high-stakes agreement constantly hung by a thread and ultimately came down to the conflicting personalities of the three great leaders. He fills in detailed portraits of Carter, Begin, and Sadat, and makes you feel like you are in the room with them as they stubbornly clash.

Final Thoughts

With such an emotionally charged subject, I have no doubt that a dissenter would tell the story totally differently, but hey what am I made of time?

Favorite Quote

“Hatred is so much easier than reconciliation; no sacrifices or compromises are required.”