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.