A Conversation with Lawrence Wright about Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David


THE CENTER ON NATIONAL SECURITY AT FORDHAM LAW PRESENTS:

 

A CONVERSATION WITH LAWRENCE WRIGHT ABOUT THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: CARTER, BEGIN, AND SADAT AT CAMP DAVID

Featuring Lawrence Wright and Adam Shatz

 

Wright combines politics, scripture, and the personal histories of the participants into a compelling narrative of a fragile peace process. Begin was an Orthodox Jew whose parents had perished in the Holocaust; Sadat was a pious Muslim inspired since boyhood by stories of martyrdom; Carter, who knew the Bible by heart, was driven by his faith to pursue the treaty, even as his advisers warned him of the political cost. Wright reveals an extraordinary moment of lifelong enemies working together, as well as the profound difficulties inherent in the process. Thirteen Days in September is a timely revisit of this diplomatic triumph and an inside look at how peace is formed.

 

Watch the full video of the discussion below:

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Lawrence Wright is an author, screenwriter, playwright and a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author of nine books including The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9-11 (2006), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief (2013), a National Book Award Finalist.

Adam Shatz is a contributing editor at the London Review, and a contributor to the New York Review of Books and The Nation. He has reported from Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria. He is also editor of the anthology, Prophets Outcast: A Century of Dissident Jewish Writing about Zionism and Israel. 

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