Monday, February 21, 2011

BC2011: Shut Up, I'm Talking

I first heard of this book in an article about Facebook. Apparently, a slew of stupid Facebook users "liked" Shut Up, I'm Talking because they mistook it for a catchphrase. They couldn't be bothered to read the subtitle: "And Other Diplomacy Lessons I Learned in the Israeli Government." I've always found the Israelis rather fascinating, so when I saw this book months later on the bargain rack at Borders, I grabbed it.

Author Gregory Levey is a Canadian Jew who is hired by the Israeli United Nations mission to write speeches. Eventually, he is invited to Israel to work for Ariel Sharon. Shut Up, I'm Talking takes place during some particularly trying times for the Israeli government (though one could argue that most times are). Despite the seriousness of the events within, this memoir is very funny. Levey describes situations that give the impression that the Israeli government is run more by the seat-of-the-pants than one might expect. I found myself alternately laughing and shaking my head at the ridiculousness of it all.

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