“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.
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 2 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 2 months ago by knowit
The issue of the genetic heritage of Jews has become politicized by the likes of Shlomo Sand and Eran Elhaik. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Varus what have you done with my Legions?
Even if we accept the facts in this book, they do not necessarily lead to the many conclusions of this book and the readers.
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This now rates on my personal list as one of the bravest and most compellingly honest books I have ever read. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Steven Thomas