"This volume could very well last as required reading about Israeli history for the next decade to come."
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
"Stein's volume is even-handed substantively and stylistically, which makes it a very good choice for an introductory text in university courses about Israel or the Arab–Israeli conflict."
"Stein takes us on a fascinating tour, highlighting major and lesser events in the history of young Israel."
Democracy and Security
"Balanced, well researched and will substantially extend the knowledge of any student of Israeli history."
Birmingham Jewish Recorder
"Leslie Stein explains in this eloquent, highly readable and well-researched study how the Israeli state overcame the threat to its existence and emerged as the most feared military power in the Middle East ... Stein's account of the events leading up to the 1967 war is one of the most masterly and lucid to appear in years ... There is little doubt that his study will be viewed as an indispensible authority on one of the most intractable conflicts of our time."
"This book can serve as a refresher course for more knowledgable readers and a sound introduction for novices."
"There is little left uncovered in this up-to-date and meticulously researched book. Anybody wanting a quick and easily understandable account of Israel’s formative years would do well to read this refreshing, informative and concise telling."
Canadian Jewish News
"He offers a good historic overview of the respective period, his book is elegantly written, easy to read and his knowledge of the material is broad."
"Any reader of this book, however familiar he or she is with the history of this crucial period, is bound to learn something."
"The deeper into the twenty-first century we get the less we know about the twentieth. This ignorance has so distorted even educated people’s grasp of the conflict between Israel and its Palestinian and other Arab neighbours that public discussion of it routinely descends into half-bias, half drivel. Leslie Stein's elegant and learned book is, first of all, truthful, a rare enough quality in this research area. Beyond that, it is well written and argumentative in the sense that his topic requires. The years 1948-1967 constitute the crucible of discord. Without a clear understand of these two decades, which this volume so amply provides, the citizen is in the desert with only mirages to (mis)lead him or her."
Martin Peretz, Editor-In-Chief of The New Republic
"With great verve and a robust appreciation for the Zionist achievement, Leslie Stein accurately captures the drama, excitement and danger of the fledgling Jewish state's first two decades, thus putting its current tribulations in perspective.
Daniel Pipes, Director of The Middle East Forum (Pennsylvania) and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
Michael Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem and author of Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
"Continuing his masterful previous history of Israel before statehood, Leslie Stein tells the complicated story of the state's first nineteen years in this highly readable, admirably concise and eminently fair-minded account. Threading his way deftly through controversial minefields with sure footing, Stein manages to convey the best up-to-date scholarship with unusual clarity. This book is strongly recommended for the general reader and as an excellent introductory text for the classroom."
Alan Dowty, Emeritus Professor of University of Notre Dame and author of Israel/Palestine
David Pryce-Jones, former senior editor of National Review, former literary editor of the Financial Times and of the Spectator and author of The Closed Circle
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.