"...marked by clear, readable prose that should be the envy of many a contemporary historian. Pappe's latest work will inspire some readers and infuriate many others. He is an engaged historian, a notion that may strike some as a contradiction in terms. He has a points of view. He also possesses the intellectual rigor and honesty to set it out clearly as a voice among many that must be heard." The Toronto Star
"...here, for the first time, is a textbook on Palestine that narrates the real story as it happened -- a non-Zionist version of Zionism...To its credit, Cambridge University Press has published Pappe's pioneering and highly accessible work as an authoritative history. This means that the 'debate' over Israel's origins is ending, regardless of what the empire's apologists say." The New Statesman
"Throughout the reading, I was filled with admiration for [Pappe's] ability to grasp the core issue and toss out the chaff. And yet in his introduction he is resolutely demanding to be read as a pro-Palestinian Israeli historian, i.e. rejecting the demand for objective universality." Haaretz
"In this well-researched and challenging book, Israeli academic Pappe traces developments in Palestine from the early 1800s to the 1948 establishment of Israel through to the present conflict... The author utilizes sources in Hebrew, Arabic, and several Western languages to write a scholarly, yet accessible history. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries." Library Journal
"It is this excellent book that underlines why we should be fearful of worse to come, in the name of the Holocaust, inside Israel and Palestine," Bookforum
"a laudable attempt to write familiar histories in an entirely new way, which should be read carefully by serious historians." - Journal of Palestine Studies Rashid Khalidi, Journal of Palestine Studies
Ilan Pappe writes the story of Palestine, a land inhabited by two peoples. It begins with the Ottomans and traces Palestine's history to the present day. While these events provide the background and explain the construction of Zionist and Palestinian nationalism, at center stage are the men, women and children who lived through these times. It is a story of coexistence, as well as oppression, occupation, and exile. Ilan Pappe's account is lucid and typically forthright. It is a unique contribution to the history of this troubled land.