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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594037353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594037351
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joshua Muravchik, a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, is the author of hundreds of articles appearing in all major U.S. newspapers and intellectual magazines and is the author of nine previous books including Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America's Destiny, and Trailblazers of the Arab Spring: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East.

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Very compelling read - and couldn't be more timely.
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Anyone hoping to understand how things got where they are - and perhaps counter those forces - needs to read this book.
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An engaging but sobering story of intellectual and ethical corruption.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eve Dailey on July 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I've always been sympathetic to Israel, but I often encounter a lot of arguments against it. This book helped me familiarize myself with the answers to those arguments. Political books aren't usually on the top of my agenda to read, but this book was so interesting and clearly written that it was easy going -- a definite plus.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. Rosenblatt on July 29, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Josh Muravchik's latest book is "must" reading for anyone who wishes to understand the weird twist of fate that has brought Israel's beleaguered liberal democracy so much abuse, particularly from those who support the idea of liberal democracy. He has performed a service of tremendous valueby addressing a subject little analyzed or written about. The book deserves to become a focal point of discussion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Discerner on August 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Cogent, balanced, deeply researched, readable -- and on such a complex and polarizing topic, that's no small achievement. Highly recommended for those both familiar with (and opinionated about) this subject or anyone seeking a clear concise presentation.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By JamesS. on July 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm a casual follower of foreign policy but heard Mr. Muravchik on the radio talking about his book and thought I had to buy it immediately. I read the book over two days. Everything in the news makes more sense understanding the context of hate in which Israel finds itself and how credulous its once allies in the West have been to Palestinian propaganda and attempts to portray Israelis as war criminals. Was a wonderful, enjoyable read. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the depth of hatred and vitriol and lies that Israel faces every day.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Linda Chavez on July 16, 2014
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Josh Muravchik's book couldn't come at a more critical time. Once again, Israel finds itself portrayed as the aggressor as rockets fired by Hamas target Israelis daily. The fact few Israelis have died is testament to Israel's Iron Dome defense system--but, make no mistake, Hamas and its accomplices in Gaza want to wipe Israelis off the face of the earth. Muravchik's book details in engaging narrative how it came to be that much of the world has turned its back on Israel and embraced its enemies. He writes with clarity, deploying his considerable research skills to unfold a story that is as fascinating as it is tragic. This book is a must read for anyone trying to make sense out of what is going on in the Middle East at this moment.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Castro-Tie on August 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I heard someone talk about this book and with recent events in the Middle East I found myself wanting to know more. To my surprise it was a fascinating read that held my attention all the way through. It also caused me to take a hard look at my assumption that both sides share fault in a conflict. Muravchik's research is so extensive and his discussion of it so intelligent and balanced, without ever being preachy, that I came away with a very different perspective. Some of what Muravchik presents is shocking in its documentation of the way public opinion can be (and has been) negatively manipulated, and how Israel's well being has been jeopardized because of it. I think a book that can hold your interest, cause you to reexamine your assumptions, and make you feel that what you've learned is very important deserves five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EA Poe on August 31, 2014
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Essential reading to those disturbed and disheartened by the relentless attacks on Israel by leftists in the media and academia, and the once respected but now corrupt United Nations.
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Well-researched and extremely well written. This book is a must for anyone who is trying to understand how a once loved nation has become hated by so many and singled out to a higher standard than any other nation. The author starts from the beginning, detailing how Israel was a nation favored from abroad and seen as the underdog. But soon things changed in 1967 when Israel flexed it's military might and took possession of other lands. As a result of the 67 war, the narrative switch. Israel was no longer viewed as a small nation against the giant Arab world, but a mighty military machine fighting against a perceived defenseless people, the Palestinians. Also, adding to the spiraling opinion was the raise of communism which viewed the terrorist groups as national liberation movements. The author also details the exploits of the late Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky. As vice president of Socialist International, Kreisky worked to move Socialist International against Israel. Although Israel was a member of Socialist International, Kreisky used his position to marginalize Israel and bring Yasser Arafat to speak before the group. Using his Jewish background as a shield, Kreisky made his attacks against Israel more and more vicious. Also, detailed is the shifting paradigm in universities with the introduction of Edward Said's Orientalism. The author deconstructs Said's literature as well as his pseudo-personal history, exposing it as a fraud. The author, however, does not ignore internal issues. Adding fuel to the the fire was election of Menachem Begin whose public appearances left much to be desired. The Lebanon war also was not looked upon favorably, causing more disfavor. Then, there is the so called "new historians" who made it their mission to re-write Israel's history. All of this and more is explained with great prose. Highly recommended.
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