Last night I began reading
"Quicksand, Oil and Dreams" and couldn't put it down. It was good to read
about the "giants" in the history of the Friends Schools and about Middle
Eastern politics. I am sure a great number of students as well as graduates of the
Friends Schools will enjoy reading your book. As I believe the book will be in
demand could you please tell us how we can get a few more copies.
This book means a great deal to me. It puts a human face on a
struggle for freedom that most people see only through the black and white of newsprint.
I highly recommend "Quicksand Oil and Dreams." If you
ever wonder what it is like to be a Christian Arab, or what it was like when Jews and
Arabs got along in pre-Israel Palestine, or what Saudi Arabia was like (for expatriates),
I highly recommend you read it.
I especially appreciated Mike's moving account of life,
suffering, and acts of kindness in a part of the world so very different from my own.
The stories in "Quicksand, Oil and Dreams" are a
testament to the perseverance of all refugees, regardless of where they've been displaced
from. Mike has been able to capture our history in a way that gives me hope for the
Your book is extremely important to us, the children of
refugees, who may not know or appreciate the detailed accounts of the suffering of the
Palestinians during the creation of Israel. It is also important to those on the outside
looking in, who may be ignorant of a true and fair history of the Middle East.
Your book puts a face on the faceless accounts we read about in
the history books, and puts humanity into the unemotional texts of UN declarations, the
empty presidential speeches, and meaningless propaganda we have unfortunately come to
expect. Thank you.
Congratulations on the superb book you have just published, a
true story of our life in this world. It brings a lot of happy and sad memories from the
past. I am glad that you documented your feelings and thoughts in a well-written book.
Hope all will enjoy it as we did.
You brought back some beautiful memories of our youth. As I was
reading, I could only remember the same teachers you talked about but not the others. They
were great teachers. I too owe them a lot. Again thanks for the memories.
Mike's book brought tears to my eyes...very moving. Man's
inhumanity to man is without a doubt life's greatest tragedy. It was interesting to hear
of Mike's father's years in a Lutheran orphanage. I am a member of the Lutheran Church.
I finished your book last night, and I must say I thoroughly
enjoyed it. The last chapter was especially touching.
I told some friends about the book and encouraged them to
contact you. I really hope they do.
I hope one day my dad will formally scribe his life story,
perhaps not so formally, just a few pages, especially about the early part of his life.
Like your children, I've heard the "stories", but we are forgetful, and having a
permanent history in the form of a book is special. I am sure their children, and their
children's children will be just as appreciative.