Ben Granby gained some notoriety in the late 1990's
for managing a troupe of guerilla theater performers
and running for county coroner in Madison, Wisconsin.
He received 33% of the vote on a platform against
zombification. While intermittently working as a
banquet waiter in the midwest, he blew his
savings on unusual trips overseas, posturing himself
as a war journalist with fake credentials. He has
traveled through the Balkans, Iraq, Colombia, Lebanon,
the Palestinian Occupied Territories and Syria.
He has also spent time with Albanian guerillas in
Macedonia, American soldiers in Iraq and Palestinian
Welcome to the Bethlehem Star Hotel
An Account of Life in Palestine with Descriptions of People, Places and Incidents
by Ben Granby
46 black & white photos
design by Karen Ocker
217 pages, softcover, nonfiction
$6.48 (50% off the cover price of $12.95!)
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Ben Granby, frustrated American food service worker, takes a multifarious, backroads ramble through the combat zone of Israel/Palestine, circa 2002. His motivation? To throw himself headlong into other people's problems.
"Throughout the book, shades of classic Granby -- a dark sense of humor, a burning irritation with injustice, a willingness to side with unpopular and sometimes downright unpleasant protaganists on the losing side of a hard struggle -- shine through."
--James Norton, Flak Magazine
"Ben Granby presents a penetrating look at life in the Palestinian territories. Through his eyes we encounter Palestinians as people -- their dreams and their anguish. We see the resilience of people living under trying circumstances and their love for a land called Palestine."
--Ambassador Edward Gnehm,
The George Washington University
Listen to Ben Granby on Wisconsin Public Radio.