“[A] revelatory account of Truman’s vital contributions to Israel’s founding. . . . Told by the Radoshes with an elegance informed by thorough research.” (Wall Street Journal)
“This is an excellent examination of a presidential decision that has had immense historical consequences.” (Booklist)
“ A Safe Haven, is an outstanding achievement. This is certain to become an essential work for students, journalists, and statesmen---indeed, anyone interested in understanding Israel’s origins.” (Michael Oren, author of Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, and Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East.)
“In their deeply engaging study of Truman and the foundation of Israel, the Radoshes capture the dramatic intersection of momentous millennial aspirations and the thrilling intricacies of political intrigue with remarkable narrative skill. ” (Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars)
“Even knowing how the story ends, A SAFE HAVEN, had me sitting on the edge of my seat watching Harry Truman weigh the arguments of his friends and advisors in the months, then weeks, then days leading up to his recognition of Israel.” (Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of The Ladies of Liberty)
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."
Impeccably researched and brilliantly told, based on never-before-used archival material, A Safe Haven is a suspenseful, moment-by-moment re-creation of this crossroads in U.S.-Israeli relations and Middle Eastern politics.See all Editorial Reviews
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 3 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 16 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 18 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 18 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 23 months ago 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