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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Madison Books; First Edition edition (May 9, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568330405
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568330402
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,039,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In order to provide a meaningful examination of the Middle East conflict, Hare begins with a discussion of Theodor Herzl and the roots of Zionism as far back as 1896. He also examines the roots and development of Arab civilization, beginning approximately 3,500 years ago, then devotes almost 100 pages to the legendary T. E. Lawrence, who led the Arab revolt against the Turks (1916^-18). Hare gives equal space to David Ben-Gurion, who organized resistance against the British and became Israel's first prime minister, and Chaim Weizmann, Israel's first president and the preeminent figure in Zionist politics. In detail, Hare traces their prolonged and tedious efforts to establish the State of Israel--interrupted by World War II and the Holocaust--and finally accomplished in 1948. Hare warns that to achieve peace in the Middle East all parties must come to grips with what each believes and with the ideals and concepts each holds near and dear. Such a task is not easy, he admits. Hare's book clearly defines the problem, but offers no concrete answers. George Cohen

About the Author

William Hare graduated from California State University at Northridge with a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in History. After beginning his career in journalism with the Los Angeles Examiner and the Inglewood Daily News chain in the greater Los Angeles area, he later secured a law degree from San Fernando Valley College of Law, where he served as editor of his school's law review. In addition to his historical writing, Hare has also written extensively as a freelance movie historian, and is currently featured in the film magazine, Films of the Golden Age.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tom McGee on October 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
William Hare uses an evenhanded approach to objectively analyse two thousand years of Middle East history in a compelling manner than entertains as well as it informs. Hare provides a solid point of intersection by shifting the action from Arab to Jewish viewpoint as the story unfolds, without favouring one nation over the other. I also appreciate that fact that the author connects the major events shaping the history of the region to the activities of the major powers involved there through the ages, such as the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain and the United States. 'Struggle for the Holy Land' is a must-read for the historical researcher as well as the concerned individual who wonders what the future might hold. As one who has worked and lived in the Middle East for several years, Mr Hare has greatly enhanced my understanding of this fascinating region where civilisation began. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ** on July 12, 2001
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This was absolutely the BEST book I have ever read regarding the history of the conflict in Israel. I had been unable to find books about the early history of the area that didn't seem biased toward one point of view or the other. STRUGGLE FOR THE HOLY LAND provides a point of intersection in which the interests and aspirations of each side are carefully evaluated. William Hare is truly a talented author with a gift for presenting complex historical events in a way that even the non-history buff can understand and enjoy. Your only disappointment will be when there are no more pages to read! A rare find!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob L. Wagner on July 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
William Hare has an extensive background in journalism and interest in world affairs, and it is evident in this book, "Struggle For the Holy Land." Through his investigation, he presents a succinct and thorough report on a complex topic in which solutions to the Arab and Israeli conflict have eluded the world's top leaders. Hare puts the conflict in proper context with an emphasis on the Arab and Israeli leaders who shaped policies generations ago. Particularly compelling are the roles of T.E. Lawrence, David Ben-Gurion and Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann. While much has happened since the book was written in 1995, it remains, in my opinion, a definitive look in historical terms. If anything, it explains well the events that led to the bloodshed we see today. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reader on October 22, 2002
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"Struggle for the Holy Land" by William Hare is a fulfilling historical narrative for American readers who are interested in the Middle East conflict but are overwhelmed by the deluge of information on the subject. William Hare's work provides an objective introduction to a subject polarized by advocacy. Broadly balanced, it unravels the complexity of the Middle East by elucidating complex personalities that have either influenced or have been influenced by its tragedy.

Starting with Einstein's wrenching emotions over Israel's existence, William Hare skillfully weaves Theodor Herzl's passion for the Zionist movement, David Ben-Gurion's sacrifices in Palestine, and Chaim Weizmann's influence over the British empire in a memorable portrait of struggle for a Jewish home then state. Israel's birth couldn't be better or more objectively presented for the casual historian from the Jewish point-of-view. Arab readers will certainly benefit from this objective portrayal of the people who have influenced the conflict currently affecting many Arab nations.

The book also describes the character of the Arab opposition to Israel through Mohammed Ali and T.E. Lawrence. Apparently targeting Western readers, William Hare selected two personalities who personify both a fighting spirit and sophistication. The poignantly perceptive focus on primarily non-Arabic personalities to represent the Arab point-of-view in the book underscores the reality of Arabs today who are yet powerless to voice their own grievances and concerns. Though the Arab voice remains wanting, Arabs are pained to find a more noble or more relevant representation of character and struggle than through Mohammad Ali and T.E. Lawrence.

Engagingly easy to read, I recommend "Struggle for the Holy Land" to anyone concerned about the history of the Middle East conflict.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on July 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Giving this book a 5-star rating isn't enough; I haven't been this affected-- intellectually and emotionally-- by anything I've read in a very long time, so I wish there were some way to reflect the significant difference between an "A" and an "A+," which is what "Struggle for the Holy Land (Arabs, Jews and the Emergence of Israel)," by William Hare, deserves. First published in 1995, this book is more important and timely today than ever before, as it seeks to promote the kind of understanding and a perspective of the Middle East that is so vital if we are ever, in our efforts as a community of Man, going to be able to effect any semblance of global harmony at all.
William Hare writes from the enlightening perspective that merely understanding the issues and current events in the Middle East is not going to bring about a resolution of the problems that are rooted there, and ultimately have a far-reaching effect on all of the nations of the world; these are scholarly pursuits, but ineffective in realizing any real change in the near (or distant) future. Hare points out that what the situation requires is a thorough understanding of the people involved-- the history, culture and psychological aspects of who they are, and most importantly, "why." And he does it by tracing the roots of Zionism and the genesis of Islam, by going back and determining the cause and effects of the attitudes and actions that have brought us to where we are today.
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