Gilbert's impassioned history adds immeasurably to our understanding of the forces that have shaped contemporary Israel. Digging up a wealth of primary source material and quoting liberally from letters, memoirs, eyewitness accounts, interviews, memoranda and diaries of David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Moshe Dayan, Abba Eban, Shimon Peres, Teddy Kollek and dozens of ordinary people, the eminent British historian (The Holocaust) has produced a gripping epic. Gilbert's extensive behind-the-scenes and on-the-battlefield coverage of Israel's numerous wars with its Arab neighbors adds much new detail. While the narrative focuses predominantly on politics, high-level diplomacy and war, it also illuminates other topics, including the Jewish settlement of Palestine in the early years of this century, tensions between secularists and Orthodox Jews, Israeli military intelligence operations, the current impasse in negotiations with Palestinian Arabs and the ferment of Israeli society, which Gilbert portrays as a diverse mixture of immigrant peoples that embody many different strands of Judaism yet are united by Israeli culture. Photos. Author tour.
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From Churchill's official biographer: a 50th-anniversary history of Israel.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
why four stars? Found it a little bit to much (details) Could be written in half pages. Otherwise if you wanna learn Israel history like me this is the book.Published 18 days ago by Marcos Luz
Very good book that explains the history of the state of Israel. The history of Israel brings in the difficulties in establishing the state and its on-going problems in being... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Big Ed
Martin Gilbert is an engaging writer and very knowledgeable about the region. I learned quite a bit from his book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George P. Smith
You may have to tell yourself to stay with this one because it's tediously detailed. You'll be glad you did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Y2KBOY
To have a better grasp of the historical background of the current Israeli/Arab conflict, this book is an excellent beginning.Published 1 month ago by james e bates
Informative, gripping and relevant. Important for any discussion about the Middle East.Published 1 month ago by jay inwad
This is a biased book. The state of Israel was formed by removing Palestine and the Palestinians. Please consider all the facts...Published 2 months ago by nabil.habiby