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On May 14, 1948, under the stewardship of President Harry S. Truman, the United States became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel—just moments after sovereignty had been declared in Jerusalem. But it was hardly a foregone conclusion that America would welcome the creation of this new country. While acknowledging this as one of his proudest moments, Truman also admitted that no issue was "more controversial or more complex than the problem of Israel." As the president told his closest advisers, these attempts to resolve the issue of a Jewish homeland had left him in a condition of "political battle fatigue."
Based on never-before-used archival material, A Safe Haven is the most complete account to date of the events that led to this historic occasion. Allis and Ronald Radosh explore the national and global pressures bearing on Truman and the people—including the worldwide Jewish community, key White House advisers, the State Department, the British, the Arabs, and the representatives of the new United Nations—whose influence, on both sides, led to his decision.
Impeccably researched, brilliantly told, A Safe Haven is a suspenseful, moment-by-moment re-creation of this crossroads in U.S.-Israeli relations and Middle Eastern politics.
Scholarly, fully footnoted, lots of facts but little passion. I would have liked to know more about the background and motivation of key players like David K Niles. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ashdodi
This book is intellectually dishonest. It is written for one reason and one reason alone...Zionist propaganda. Harry S. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hill Country Rambler
Thank you Allis and Ronald Radosh for a well researched telling of the years from 1945 to 1947 and the creation of the Jewish state where we learn that:
1) The US State... Read more
A very well researched and highly informative book about the internal politics of the Truman administration, which was one of the greatest friends that Israel ever had. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cliff Pinto
I live in Israel. The events surrounding the founding of the state are often presented with personal views influencing the narritave. Not the case in this book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SMB.
Well written - a true account of what happened when the Jews crusaded for a place of their own in Palestine. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by Thunderbirdgal
I just finished the book and there is only one assertion in it with which I have trouble.
On pages 288-289 the authors discuss the special election that was held in The... Read more