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Journalist and author Matti Friedman’s newest literary gem recounts the little known story of poet, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen’s visit to Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Performing for soldiers on the Sinai frontlines was life changing for him as well as for the Israelis who survived to talk about it. Using previously unpublished rare research material and his own Canadian-Israeli-writer-soldier identity and insights, Friedman penned a haunting and poignant account of a talented but lost man fighting his own demons who spends a few seminal days with his embattled nation. Neither are ever the same. A must read.

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