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“Sand’s questions about how Israel’s democracy can be liberalized and stabilized are thought-provoking and deserve serious discussion.”—Haaretz
“Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don’t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.”—Eric Hobsbawm, Observer
“[Sand’s] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.”—Rafael Behr, Observer
“Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.”—Tony Judt
“Extravagantly denounced and praised.”—New York Times
“No discussion of the region any longer seems complete without acknowledgement of this book.”—Independent on Sunday, Best History Books of 2009
“A radical dismantling of a national myth.”—Guardian
“Almost too baseless to debunk.”—Jewish Journal
Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L’Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le débat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siècle à l’écran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israël.
It will be rather difficult to understand this book without good knowledge of the Old Testament.Published 9 days ago by Eduard Lissone
Not only is it a fantastic book on the evolution of the Jewish religion and culture, as well as a much needed antidote to Zionist and racialist humbug, but also a thought provoking... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brendan
Nothing new or special here. Do a google search and you'll find a million times more information, but the hard part is trying to sort out what's true. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazonian Man
Archeological information interesting. Conclusion theories hard to follow.Published 23 days ago by James Gussenhoven
The book is revealing, a great blow on the racist ethnic conceptions which support Zionism. If jewish people around the world read this book without preconceptions and tried to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mariano Alende
well written and researched . An enlightening look at the birth of the Israeli state. I must read for scholars of Zionism.Published 3 months ago by knowit