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Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060545763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060545765
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

*Starred Review* It is probably the most iconic photograph of the 1967 Six-Day War—a group of Israeli paratroopers gazing upward with a look of wonder at the sacred Western Wall, the surviving remnant of the temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE. These were men of Brigade 55, a reserve unit primarily responsible for liberating the wall and seizing East Jerusalem from Jordanian control. The photo and the Israeli victory engendered an immediate sense of pride, joy, and euphoria that enveloped Israeli and Diaspora Jews, left and right, secular and religious. Since then, of course, the conquest of Jerusalem and the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) has been rather a poisoned pill, dividing Israel politically as it rules over a huge Arab population. Halevi is an American-born Israeli journalist and a promoter of Jewish-Arab reconciliation. Here he tracks the subsequent lives of seven of the Brigade 55 members. Some became staunch proponents of settlement activity on Palestinian land and some became members of the left-wing Peace Now movement. One even helped create an anti-Zionist underground movement. Halevi succeeds in his broader goal of linking these men and their families to Israel’s history during the past five decades. This is a beautifully written and sometimes heartbreaking account of these men, their families, and their nation. --Jay Freeman

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“Powerful…. a textured, beautifully written narrative…. There is much to admire in this book, especially Mr. Halevi’s skill at getting inside the hearts and minds of these seven men.” (Ethan Bronner, New York Times)

“Mr. Halevi’s masterly book brings us into [the]…debate and the lives of those who live it, not through fiction but through a factual account illuminated by his own intelligence and empathy.” (Elliott Abrams, Wall Street Journal)

“Brilliant.” (David Laskin, USA Today)

Like Dreamers is a big book, perhaps the big book on Israel we have been waiting for…. [It] is a remarkable feat of reporting, thrilling, painful, and brilliantly recounted, and an unparalleled portrait of Israel’s last five decades.” (Don Futterman, Daily Beast)

“A magnificent book, one of the two or three finest books about Israel I have ever read…. Nothing explains more eloquently why Israel, more than most any other country, lives or dies based on the power and justice of its animating ideas.” (Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg News)

“Yossi Klein Halevi has written the Israeli epic.” (Michael Oren, best-selling author of Six Days of War and Israeli Ambassador to Washington)

Like Dreamers is quite simply the best book about modern Israel I have ever read.” (Jonathan Rosen, author of Joy Comes in the Morning.)

“Yossi Klein Halevi has long been the most incisive and eloquent journalist writing from Israel for an American audience. This is his masterpiece. ” (Samuel G. Freedman, author of Jew vs. Jew)

Like Dreamers is at once magisterial and enthralling, observed with the sharp eye of a master journalist, the patience of a serious historian and the style of an exceptional storyteller.” (Zev Chafets, author of Roger Ailes: Off Camera)

“A fascinating study of modern Israel.” (New York Post)

“Halevi’s book is executed with imagination, narrative drive, and, above all, deep empathy for a wide variety of Israelis, and the result is a must-read for anyone with an interest in contemporary Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“[Halevi] tracks the…lives of seven of the Brigade 55 members.… [He] succeeds in his broader goal of linking these men and their families to Israel’s history during the past five decades. This is a beautifully written and sometimes heartbreaking account of these men, their families, and their nation.” (Booklist (starred review))

“An artful, affecting blend of history, biography, political science, and religion and an illustration of how small lights can illuminate a large landscape.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Like Dreamers is an eye-opening, beautifully written account, told through the lives of seven iconic Israeli paratroopers, of the shaping of the state we live in.” (Times of Israel)

“Brilliant…. It would make a terrific movie, or even a new book in the Bible…” (Jewish Week)

“As a work of political, cultural, and religious history, Like Dreamers is a triumph.” (Jewish Voice)

“With compassion and moral imagination, Mr. Halevi helps us see why each side came to the conclusions that it did. In the process, he gives us an unforgettable taste of what he calls ‘the agonizing complexity of Israel’s dilemmas’.” (NY1, video review)

Like Dreamers is a sweeping work… a rich and complex narrative…. And it reads like a novel.” (Tower magazine)

“Yossi Klein Halevi’s brilliant account of Israel’s left-right divide is a spellbinding story of people’s evolving views and of conquest’s mixed blessings.” (American Jewish World News)

“In his new, magisterial book about Israel, Like Dreamers…Yossi Klein Halevi has… captured the complexity of Israel in human terms.” (New Jersey Jewish News)

More About the Author

Yossi Klein Halevi is an author, thinker and commentator on Jewish and Israeli affairs. His most recent book, Like Dreamers, took the top prize in the 2013 National Jewish Book Awards.

A frequent contributor to the op-ed pages of leading newspapers and magazines, he is a contributing editor to The New Republic and a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Yossi is active in reconciliation efforts between Muslims and Jews and serves as Chairman of Open House, an Arab-Jewish coexistence center in the town of Ramle, near Tel Aviv.

His newest book is Like Dreamers: The Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation (Harper/Collins, 2013).

His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, was published in 1995. In 2001, he published, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land.

Customer Reviews

If you want to understand modern Israel in all its glorious complexity, this is the book to read.
Robert Avrech
Well written, very interesting personal stories in a historical setting, but takes a lot of concentration to get all the details.
edith reichman
To understand Israel one must know its people - this book does it better than anything else I have read.
GUS

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John Galt on November 17, 2013
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Jews have been praying for "next year in Jerusalem" for 2,000 years. Finally, thanks to these paratroopers Jerusalem is captured in the 1967 war and is now the capital of Israel, although no other country has located its embassy there. Some paratroopers are religious and see the expansion of Israel into the conquered lands of the 1967 war as a logical and a religious duty. Others want to return these lands (Sinai, Golan Heights and Judea/ Samaria) as fast as possible and so it continues today.

The author chooses a small group of paratroopers, who have political views from all 360 degrees (including one IDF soldier who all but joins the Arabs against Israel and is imprisoned when caught) to capture the various political positions of the Israeli people as a whole.

If the book had 5 volumes, then various other ethnic, political and religious Jews would be represented. For Instance, kibbutz members are prominent but the word Moshav never appears. Both these forms of living arrangements are still extant in Israel with roughly an equal number of members. Moshe Dayan was from a Moshav. Ashkenazi Jews are the center of attention and other volumes could deal with Sephardic and Mizrahi elements.

Instead of writing 550 pages of the differences of opinion among Israelis toward Jerusalem, war, settlements etc. that would read like a typical top down history, the author lets you get to know a few individuals so that you see the conflicts Israelis have amongst themselves - from the bottom up so to speak.

Whatever your views on the current situation in Israel, you are presented with a wide array of viewpoints that are strongly held by these courageous soldiers. These viewpoints are often diametrically opposite, but the reader gains perspectives they may not have considered.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ranger on November 14, 2013
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Most Indians normally love and admire Israel and the idea of Israel, wish our people were as enterprising as Israelis - and I am no different. I have read many books on Israel, including two excellent books on Israeli entrepreneurship - The Start-Up Nation and The Israel Test by the brilliant George Gilder as well as a book on Israeli history, "O Jesusalem" by Dominique Lappiere . But I have been looking for a "Big Book" on Israel, a book that explains the whole of Israel, that connects its past to its present. This book, by Mr.Halevi addresses that need. Other reviewers have already discussed its story, so I dont need to go into it. I will just say that very rarely have I read a non-fiction book, and a big book, that has been so completely satisfying. I cheered for the heroes and anti-heroes of this book, eagerly turned pages to know what they did and what happened to them - and through their lives, I got to learn more about a country I really like and admire - Israel. Bravo !!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert Avrech on October 8, 2013
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"Like Dreamers" is the non-fiction "War and Peace" of the Jewish people, and the modern Jewish State. As Tolstoy etched an epic portrait of Russian society in his classic novel, Yossi Klein Halevi also works on a giant historical canvas. And like all great story tellers, he understands that the best way to tell history is through the individuals who live through and often author that history.

This stunning volume traces the lives of seven paratroopers from the 55th, the brigade that was the tip of the spear in the '67 battle for Jerusalem, and later the brigade that crossed the Suez Canal in the '73 Yom Kippur War, thereby turning disaster into victory. There are left-wing peace activists, and religious Zionists, kibbutz socialists, free market entrepreneurs, a gruff conceptual artist who was wounded in the battle for Jerusalem, a neurotic but brilliant musician--Israel's Bob Dylan--who died far too young, and a traitor who went to Syria in order to join anti-Israel terrorists. These men, in one way or another, played a vital role in the birth of the post-Six Day War Israel.

The title "Like Dreamers" comes from Psalm 126, Shir Hamaalot, hayinu k'cholmim, "When the Lord returned the exiles to Zion, we were like dreamers."

The spine of Halevi's book is that Israel's fate is based on two conflicting utopian dreams within the Zionist movement, the religious Zionists, and the secular left-wing kibbutzniks. These men--all Ashkenazi Jews--fought together to defend the state of Israel, and then between wars, these same men, some of them close friends, continued to fight to preserve their personal vision of the Jewish State.

If you want to understand modern Israel in all its glorious complexity, this is the book to read. A great work that sets a new standard for Jewish history.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. on October 1, 2013
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Totally magical and realistic at the same time. The book embraces you with its detailed novelistic portraits of events and characters. Reading it I marveled at my ignorance of events that I thought I knew and gained an appreciation for having lived through momentous times.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on October 6, 2013
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One of the best, if not the best book I have read in recent years. Like Dreamers is truly captivating and quite the pager turner. I applaud Klein Halevi on his work which was surly painstaking, but ultimately very rewarding.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve Promisel on October 28, 2013
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Probably the best book I've read in years. No matter how much you read or know about what makes Israel 'tick', this book gives you that inside out perspective. The format forces you to pay attention though, and it's probably best to read in a few days if you can. Highly recommend.
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