Fast Times in Palestine

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Pamela Olson, a small town girl from eastern Oklahoma, had what she always wanted: a physics degree from Stanford University. But instead of feeling excited for what came next, she felt consumed by dread and confusion. This irresistible memoir chronicles her journey from aimless ex-bartender to Ramallah-based journalist and foreign press coordinator for a Palestinian presidential candidate. More

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About Pamela Olson

Pamela Olson grew up in small-town Oklahoma and studied physics and political science at Stanford University, class of 2002.

She lived in Ramallah, Palestine for two years, during which she served as head writer and editor for the Palestine Monitor and as foreign press coordinator for Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi’s 2005 presidential campaign. She's published stories and articles in CounterPunch, Electronic Intifada, Israel’s Occupation Magazine, and The Stanford Magazine among other publications.

In January of 2006 she moved to Washington, DC and worked at a Defense Department think tank to try to bring what she had learned to the halls of power. She eventually became disillusioned with the prospect of changing Washington from the inside, and in 2007, she left DC and started writing Fast Times in Palestine. She lives in New York now, and her book was published in May 2011.

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The Palestinian Perspective
This hour-long talk presented on the Google campus offers an overview of the situation in the Palestinian territories. The first half-hour features photos and personal stories about life in Palestine while the second half-hour explains the basics of the occupation.

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Karim Thabet reviewed on on Oct. 8, 2011

I didn't think i was going to enjoy reading a book about Palestine, i thought it must be full of hard facts and war stories but as i turned the pages i found it very entertaining and it became one of those books you can't put down until you've read it all, of course this caused me some small problems at work because i wouldn't stop reading even at work but i just had to finish it.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
ghada arafat reviewed on on Sep. 28, 2011

I found this book through a kind of online book club and i LOVED it. I would really recommended to anyone interested in knowing what it really feels like living under occupation. I have to say that the writer was able to capture all aspects of the daily life in Palestine i.e. Politics, social life, economic conditions. It is amazing how she can appreciate and not judge others for having a different culture.
As a Palestinian, I would really love to thank the writer for he courage to write and publish the book.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Alex Bell reviewed on on June 16, 2011

I bought this book after reading the free sample. It is an excellent book written by an young American woman, telling of her first hand experiences in Palestine. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wants to find out the truth of the situation in Palestine. And as a bonus it's a very enjoyable, well written read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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