Pages: 368
Subject: Current Affairs, History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: 8-page colour plate section, 2 greyscale maps


Preparing for Dawn

Donald Macintyre

A highly respected voice reveals the truth behind the myths in the Middle East's crucible of conflict
9781786071064 (26 Oct 2017)
RRP £20.00 / US$30.00

The Book

Gaza: a place of contrasts. For most of recent history Gaza has been seen as a touchstone for the problems of the Middle East. Yet historically Gaza was also a coastal civilisation open to the world. Today the Gazans are a uniquely imprisoned people, most unable to travel to the West Bank, let alone Israel - where tens of thousands once worked - and unable to flee in wartime. The surprise is that so many remain courageous, outspoken and steadfast.

From the notorious camps to the factories struggling under economic stranglehold and bombardment, Donald Macintyre brings empathy to an honest and revealing portrait of Gaza - encompassing the tragedy but also the hope, albeit increasingly fragile, for normality. Through the stories of its people and interviews with policymakers, he explains how Gaza became what it is today. On the ground in the world's biggest prison, he shows us why, given the chance, Gaza has the creativity and resilience to play a positive role in the peace process and in the wider Middle East.

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs, History
Pages 368
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations 8-page colour plate section, 2 greyscale maps


About the Author

Donald Macintyre was the Independent's Jerusalem bureau chief for eight years between 2004 and 2012. He won the Next Century Foundation's Peace Through Media Prize in 2011 and has previously been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for journalism and for the Martha Gellhorn journalism award. He lives in Lambeth, London.


‘Donald Macintyre skilfully picks his way through the tangle of accusations that surrounds Gaza's tragedy. This is a lucid, essential guide. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to understand the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.'

- Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor

‘A perceptive first-hand analysis of Gaza’s hell-on-earth.’

- Martin Bell, author of War and the Death of News

‘If not for the sensitive and perceptive reporting of a few individual journalists such as Amira Hass of the Israeli daily Haaretz and Donald Macintyre of the British Independent, the untold suffering of the Palestinian people would have gone completely unnoticed.'

- Ramzy Baroud, editor of Palestine Chronicle