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The Israel Test Hardcover – July 22, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0980076356 ISBN-10: 0980076358 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Vigilante Books; 1 edition (July 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980076358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980076356
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews



The Israel Test spoke to me with unexpected power. Apart from being brilliantly, fiercely written, its merit lies in clarifying, in a totally new, secular, and intuitive way, why Israel matters.
David Klinghoffer, The Jerusalem Post

Gilder's originality, plus the sheer force of his enthusiasm for the extraordinary virtues of the beleaguered Jewish state, sweep away the prevailing vitriol and make for a book that is nothing less than thrilling to read.
– Norman Podhoretz


Through the years, [Gilder] has been building his own version of a socioeconomic unified field theory, integrating politics, sex, economics, and technology, with a dose of religion thrown in.
– Katie Hafner, The New York Times

The man I feel is the only worthwhile technology guru, George Gilder.
–Shlomi Cohen, Globes (Israel)

It is no accident that Gilder–scourge of feminists, unrepentant supply-sider, and now…a technology prophet–was the living author Reagan most often quoted.
– Larissa MacFarquhar, The New Yorker

My friends, it would behoove you to study everything you can get your hands on by George Gilder, a true American genius.
– Rush Limbaugh

One of the few technology writers to really do his homework.
– Po Bronson, Wired

Everyone talks about "free enterprise" but no one understands the entrepreneurial basis of economic growth better than George Gilder.
– Irving Kristol


– Paul Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

A creed for capitalism worthy of intelligent people…witty, persuasive, eloquent.
– Roger Starr, The New York Times

The most eloquent and imaginative essay on economics in memory.
– --Washington Post

My friends, it would behoove you to study everything you can get your hands on by George Gilder, a true American genius. Rush Limbaugh --Rush Limbaugh

About the Author

George Gilder's bestselling books have sold more than two million copies worldwide. In Wealth and Poverty, one of the most influential books of our time, Gilder made the moral case for capitalist creativity. With The Spirit of Enterprise, Microcosm, Telecosm, and Life After Television, Gilder achieved renown as a stunningly accurate prophet of the direction of technology development and enterprise, including Israel's world˜beating contributions. A contributing editor to Forbes magazine, Gilder has produced the annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference since 1997, offering leading edge forecasts and analysis from the top technology firms and research centers around the world. Gilder also heads Gilder Technology Associates, a venture capital fund focusing on breakthrough technologies. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan presented Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Gilder is a contributing editor to Forbes and writes frequently for national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Review, and The American Spectator.

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Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired.
Brooklyn Joe
Gilder does plenty more in this work than demonstrate the case for Israeli-enterprise endeavors.
David Bahnsen
By the time they get the point of this book a bright future may have passed them by.
Richard Vigilante

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224 of 247 people found the following review helpful By Richard Vigilante on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover

The Vitality of Israel

George Gilder was one of the speakers on the recent National Review cruise round the Mediterranean, and he gave me a copy of his new book The Israel Test -- there, I've declared an interest. He can be relied on to say striking and original things. At the moment, Israel is treated as a pariah among the nations, blamed for defending itself against the various Arab and Muslim states or terrorist groups trying to destroy it. To support the Arabs and Muslims in this endeavor has become a moral imperative for the Left everywhere. So figureheads like Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have revived and updated anti-Semitism: That is their contribution to the world we live in.

Nobody but Gilder could have written this book. Israel of course has its defenders, but they use arguments based on nationalism, territory, ethnicity, defence of minorities, rights, historicism, and so on. Gilder sees Jews since their emancipation as the vanguard of human achievement. They may be few in numbers, but their creativity has brought prosperity to themselves and those around them, and that prosperity in turn has brought freedom. Thus Jews spearhead capitalism and the democracy indispensable to its proper functioning. Marxists, Nazis, and now Muslims and their apologists envy Jews because they cannot emulate them, and so set out to destroy the success that shows up their failure. The attitude you take towards Israel and Jews decides whether you love or hate freedom, and beyond that, mankind -- that's the test he is proposing in the book's title. And just in case the reader risks failing this test by jumping to a false conclusion, Gilder has a portrait of his very non-Jewish ancestry, saying, "We were classic WASPS all.
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101 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Gilder argues that the root cause of the Middle East conflict is not land or religion but essentially psychological, arising from resentment of success. Anti-Zionism is driven by the same phenomena that have always promoted antisemitism: ignorance of economics and envy. This emotion manifests in the hatred of traders, entrepreneurs, bankers and other wealth creators that exists wherever a minority economically distinguishes itself. One of many examples is the Chinese community in Southeast Asia. Helmut Schoeck's Envy: A Theory of Social Behaviour provides an in-depth analysis. Ordinary people do not normally harbor this resentment; the intelligentsia does and often manages to spread it to society at large through the notions that poverty results from 'exploitation,' that resources are limited and that therefore the wealth of some is the cause of others' poverty.

That's why Israel divides the world. Its opponents in the West, concentrated at the UN, transnational bodies and the humanities departments of academia, are those who consider capitalism as a zero-sum game in which success is attained at the expense of the poor & the environment. On the other side are those who admire success and recognize that everyone benefits by the accomplishments of achievers. Antisemitism is similarly a zero-sum delusion. Collectivists and their apologists envy Jews since they're unable to emulate them; they therefore attempt to destroy that which accentuates their own failure.
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95 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Allen Roth on July 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Leave it to George Gilder to take the debate over Israel to a whole new level. Gilder convincingly argues that every freedom loving people and every American should enthusiatically support the State of Israel. He deposits the criticisms of Israel into the trash heap of history. He piles on the evidence that the criticism of Israel is based on envy and anti-semitism. He marshals the facts that prove that Israel is the best thing that has happened to the Palestinians.

Throughout this book, Gilder's arguments, his prose,and his clarity are complimented by important but little known facts. His analysis of Hitler's Mein Kampf (where Hitler admits the Jewish people are superior to Aryans)is worth the price of this book, but there is much much more. Gilder's potrait of Prime Mininster Benjamin Netanyahu presents a picture of Israel's leader that is right on the mark.

Much of this book will be enlightening to people who care about the Israel conflict with the Plestinians and those interested in solving the problems. It will also interest people who want to learn about Jewish history and Jewish personalities that are largely forgotten. Gilder has a keen eye for the facts that tell the story.

This book has already started more than one controversy. It goes against the political correctness of Israeli doves, the Obama Administartion, the leaders of the European Union, and Israel's sworn enemies. You can listen to Gilder talk to bloggers about the book here [..]
I highly recommend The Israel Test for people who agree or disagree with Gilder's thesis. It is one of those rare books that will surprise and educadate the initiatied and the uninitiated. Bravo Mr. Gilder.

I hope The Israel Test will do for Israel what Gilder's Wealth and Poverty did for supply side economics.
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