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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC (May 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610270614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610270618
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jerold S. Auerbach is Professor Emeritus of History at Wellesley College, where he taught for forty years. His acclaimed books explore such topics in history and society as the legal profession, American Judaism, Israel, and the Pueblo Indians.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By michele veade on October 8, 2011
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Until I read this book by the Wellesly historian Jerold Auerbach, I had no idea that the state of Israel had something like a brief civil war, Israelis killing their brothers. The author tells the interesting story of how a ship from France with immigrants and munitions became the focal point of a power struggle between Begin and Ben-Gurion -- really between two very different visions of how Israel should deal with its enemies and politics. It reads like a drama, is well written, and argues that the same dynamic may repeat itself someday. And there's even an analogy to Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Stern on October 9, 2011
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Well written and provocative analysis of a topic that has been underreserached in Zionist historiography due to wall to wall ideological unanimity in Israeli universities. Auerbach is a fist rate scholar who gratefully has applied his prodigious talents to Zionism and Jewish themes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aleph on March 3, 2012
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Auerbach turns an important story in Israel's early history into a genuine page-turner. It is crisply written and compellingly told. Likewise important, for Jews (and non-Jews) of a certain age, who were schooled that Ben Gurion had no choice but to order the IDF to fire upon the Altelana -- for the good of the new country -- Auerbach gives us reasons to rethink that account. Whether one accepts Auerbach's conclusions at the end, or not, this is a book that is worth buying, reading and thinking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Fein on August 18, 2013
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I have read a great deal about this piece of history, and as my father was the captain of the Altalena (Monroe Fein), I have also heard and read his narrative. This book places the events of June 1948 into an historical context which, in its detail and poignancy, reads as history should - factual and relevant. The author has given us the capacity to see these events in relation to those of other times in history, starting with the Roman era. And while I do not agree with every conclusion he draws, I commend Professor Auerbach for his thoughtfully written work. If you are interested in Israeli history, whether ancient or modern, you cannot avoid the issues raised in this book. I won't say more than that I recommend this small book for reading carefully through. It arrives in places I did not think it would, and, written as concisely as it is, has the power to change your thinking.
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