U.S. Journalist in Israel Publishes New Book on Middle East Politics, Religion

Jerusalem, Israel, July 02, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Samuel J. Scott, a former Boston newspaper editor and founder of the Considerations blog who moved to Israel in 2008, has published “Letters from Israel: An American journalist’s adventures in the Holy Land.”

“Letters from Israel” is an expansion of a series of e-mailed essays and personal stories that Scott sent to his friends and family after moving to Israel on politics, culture, and religion in the Middle East as well as the complexities and paradoxes of life in the Holy Land — both the good and the bad.

The book is available at http://www.samueljscott.com/. Review copies are available for journalists, bloggers, and writers. The Considerations blog is at http://www.samueljscott.com/blog/.

The Middle East is the perfect combination of heaven and hell, and the book explains why through twenty chapters encompassing 112 pages. From the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Middle Eastern religion to local sports to dating, “Letters from Israel” tells the truth about life in Israel beyond the headlines.

The twenty chapters are:

What is Israel, Anyway? — The Spectacle of Eurovision — The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict — The Politics of Language — Me and the Israeli Arab — The Bright Side of Life — Stories from the Desert I — Living in a Chaotic Tribe — No Way Out (or, Stuck in the 1970s) — The Optimistic Future — Stories from the Desert II — Sex and Feminism — In the West Bank — Sto¬ries from the Desert III — Finding Israel’s Center — Sex and the Single Israeli — The Gaza Conflict — All About the Palestinians — The Great Religious Divide — The Ultra-Orthodox (Haredim) — Conclusion: The Meaning of Israel.

Scott, 29, is a former editor-in-chief and executive editor of Spare Change News, a non-profit, alternative newspaper in Boston. He had also written for newspapers including the Boston Courant and the Patriot Ledger (Mass.) as well as worked as an editorial assistant for the Boston Globe and an intern at TNT magazine in London while in college.

Scott has a B.S. in journalism from Boston University, and he is originally from Belleville, Illinois. Scott is currently working from Israel as a consultant in online marketing while finishing his M.B.A. at Bar-Ilan University. He is a part-owner of the website Law School Reference at http://www.lawschoolreference.com/.

Samuel Scott