- Randall Amster, Shofar: Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
"A brilliant book on a fascinating topic"
- Milan Rai, Peace News
From the Back Cover
"Zionism has always been an overly complex phenomenon. From its very inception, it sheltered a plurality of radical ideologies, many of which remain inherently opposed to the nationalist and market-driven values that it has become synonymous with. If Jews are ever going to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict, and bring a just peace to the Middle East, we will need to reacquaint ourselves with these traditions, many of which remain alive and vital today. Moving back in time to the inception of Israel's kibbutz movement, ending up in the misery of the present, British journalist and scholar James Horrox does just that. Excavating Israel's anarchist ideological heritage, Horrox illuminates a progressive political history that Israelis can actually be proud of and look to as a source of renewal. At a time when most literature of this kind follows the familiar path of critique and denunciation, Horrox achieves the same results by going in the opposite direction. This is a deeply inspiring book that will make you think twice, and question the prevailing consensus that only right-wing politics work in Israel". -- Joel Schalit, author Israel vs. Utopia
"A brilliant study of anarchism in the kibbutz movement...Assessing the actual kibbutz practice and seeing the kibbutzim as both a model way to live and a set of experiments to learn from, Horrox gives this history the meticulous attention it deserves. An exemplary undertaking." --Michael Albert, editor Znet and Z Magazine
"Interesting and informative...a refreshing reminder of the constructive possibilities of anarchist ideas." --Ruth Kinna, editor Anarchist Studies