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The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967 Hardcover – April 8, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0745644660 ISBN-10: 074564466X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Polity; 1 edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074564466X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745644660
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Israel moves forward. Palestine stands still. Israel builds its future. Palestine guards its past. Stein's work provides a good introduction to this sad saga for the perplexed and the uninitiated."
History Today

"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."
Israel Affairs

"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."
Tribune

"This book can serve as a refresher course for more knowledgable readers and a sound introduction for novices."
Hadassah Magazine

"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."
H-Soz-u-Kult

"Any reader of this book, however familiar he or she is with the history of this crucial period, is bound to learn something."
Jerusalem Post

"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  

"The Making of Modern Israel is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of one of history's most extraordinary and inspiring stories. Leslie Stein is to be commended for authoring what is certain to become an indispensible resource for scholars, decision-makers, and students."
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

"Anyone who wants to find the way through the internal politics and external wars that accompanied Israel in its early and formative years can rely on Professor Stein. He gives it straight. This ought to become a standard work on the emergence of Israel to the place it holds on the international scene."
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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Israel was granted to the Jews without conquest in 1948. It doesn't mean they didn't have to fight for it. "The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967"discusses the state of Israel and the harsh conflicts it faced as such a young country. Marked by a divided internal system of the Arabs and Jews, hostile neighbors bringing a constant war through the first twenty years, and countless other problems, the first decades of the country were tremendously tumultuous. A riveting history, "The Making of Modern Israel" is a must for anyone who wants to understand Israel's origins.
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I thought I knew the history of Israel, and broadly I did, but this book fills in fascinating details . It reads like a modern fast paced tale, except for a few slow spots . I was so engrossed that I'm sure I missed some bits. So I've started reading it again.
Highly recommended for those with a connection to Israel, or students of history. Almost one third of this book consists of notes referencing the source material backing up every section of the content.
Very good value as a kindle ebook compared to the print copy.
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Leslie Stein's book provides a detailed, comprehensive analysis of Israel's history from 1948 to 1967. Stein writes clearly, with a sharp eye for significant details. He makes invaluable contribution to our understanding of the events that shaped Israel in the first two decades of its establishment.

Stein takes us on a fascinating tour, highlighting major and lesser events in the history of young Israel. In this rich discussion, readers learn about the discrimination against Israeli Arabs (p. 239), how and why Israel developed its nuclear capacity (p. 247), the Eichman trial (p. 231), the economy (p. 229), the kibbutz (p. 136), the Wadi Salib riots (p. 237), the Elie Cohen extraordinary espionage success in Syria (p. 251), the Samu vengeance operation (p. 259), and Israel's foreign affairs with African as well as other countries (p. 260). Readers gain insights into decision-making processes that were often affected by internal rivalries and personal antipathies as well as by external powers. For instance, when the third Chief of Staff, Mordechai Makleff, stepped down from office he wanted Yitzhak Rabin to succeed him, but because of Rabin's prominent involvement in the Palmah which Ben-Gurion regarded as having been under the sway of leftists, Moshe Dayan was nominated. Ben-Gurion had some misgivings as to Dayan's integrity and personality but the young Director General of the Defence Ministry, Shimon Peres, was able to reassure him (p. 115). Golda Meir resented the self-assertiveness of Shimon Peres whom she regarded as being "excessively ambitious and cynical" (p. 216). She also chided Ben-Gurion for precipitating Isser Harel's resignation from the directorship of the Shin Bet and the Mossad. Meir had close personal ties with Harel (p. 226).
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By Dov on July 16, 2014
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A good look into the history
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