“[A] readable and informative new history . . . timely.” —The Economist
“[A] revealing chronicle of Israeli foreign and defense policy . . . Tyler’s well-researched account illuminates an ugly and troubling dimension of Israeli policy and politics.” —Publishers Weekly
“Tyler presents a sharp critique of the close relationship between the Israeli government and the officer corps of the Israeli military . . . [he] researches deeply and does not pull his punches.” —Booklist
“Fortress Israel is the definitive historical and analytical account of the role that Israel’s military has played both in Israel itself and in the wider Middle East. In Patrick Tyler’s deeply reported and very well written account, one learns how a militarized Israeli culture has permeated the decision making of Israel’s governments for decades and how that culture affects the calculus of its politicians today. If you want to understand Israel’s future—and also how that future may play out in the Middle East—this book is mandatory reading.”
—Peter L. Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad
“In this exceptional book, Patrick Tyler demonstrates with meticulous documentation and revealing interviews with the country’s national security experts how Israel’s founding military and intelligence leaders were essential to the survival of a young nation. Tyler also tackles the vexed question of our era: Will Israel’s warrior ethos and its legacy of zero-sum strategies for dealing with its Arab neighbors and the Palestinians prevent it from crafting a lasting peace? Tyler’s analysis of how much the world lost with the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin is definitive and heartbreaking. Fortress Israel is essential reading for students of the Middle East.”
—Howell Raines, former executive editor of The New York Times
“With Fortress Israel, Patrick Tyler takes his place in the first rank of historians of Israel and the modern Middle East. He presents a provocative but objective look at the militarism that has driven Israel’s leaders since the founding of the state and explains vividly—without ideological cant or bias—why generations of tough-minded sabras have found it so difficult to convert their battlefield successes into a lasting peace.”
—Terence Smith, Israel correspondent for The New York Times during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur Wars
“A rare and often disturbing portrait of Israel’s military elite, with all its foibles, rivalries, and vicious infighting.”
—Martin van Creveld, author of The Land of Blood and Honey: The Rise of Modern Israel
Patrick Tyler worked for twelve years at The Washington Post before joining The New York Times in 1990, where he served as chief correspondent. His books include Running Critical, A Great Wall (which won the 2000 Lionel Gelber Prize), and A World of Trouble. He lives in Washington, D.C.
As the Israeli historian Benny Morris has noted, most of the leaders of Israel have not been in the military.
Interestingly,author even does not try to pretend to be impartial To be anti-Israeli is a contemporary political correctness, apparently.
I've read around 50 books about the Middle East/Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.....this is the most meaningful and sobering.
Yeah, a nation that uses political assasination as policy is confronted by JFK about it's illicit Nuclear program with the threat of sanctions, and BTW,Israel considered JFK'S... Read morePublished 2 months ago by buddy
A must-read for all interested in the Middle East situation. Israel is exposed as a militaristic bully all too willing to deceive the U.S. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Claire de Lune
A startling review of one element that perpetuates conflict in the Middle East.Published 4 months ago by Ruben
The headlines over the past week have described an ongoing exchange of missiles between Israel and Hamas. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andrew Kuligowski
Fortress Israel, by journalist Patrick Tyler is an evil book which this review will demonstrably demolish in a few words. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Andy K
I've always wanted to know the background of certain Israel's decisions since 1948, and this book provided a lot of it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bostjan Klemencic
Brilliant book Some interesting facts .Never thought the world is set up the way it's being explained Learned a lotPublished 8 months ago by Johan Stroh
Thanks to the author who had gathered so much useful information and distorted it completely. His effort in supporting permanent war on Middle East remarkable so not unusual in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mark Golod
The subtitle of Tyler's book makes a bold claim, but Tyler neither shows that a military elite runs Israel nor that those who run Israel cannot make peace. Read morePublished 11 months ago by I.O.Pine