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This 1960 "historical analysis and reader" gathers the writings of the most important Zionists of the time. LJ's reviewer stated that the "stress is upon the men's ideas and works as they relate to Zionism. Although the profiles are brief, they are penetrating" (LJ 4/15/60). This edition contains a new introduction and afterword by scholar/editor Hertzberg.
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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827606222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827606227
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tsvi Bisk on August 31, 2007
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This is an anthology of works by major Zionist thinkers. It introduced me to the fact that Zionism was primarily a radical project of self-criticism and not a whining diatribe against the Gentiles. The ruthless mode of thought and pitiless self criticism of the founding fathers of Zionism makes one realize that this is our strength in the face of our enemies, who clearly lack the ability to engage in self-criticism. I try to follow in the footsteps of this tradition of Zionist self-criticism in my own book "The Optimistic Jew: a Positive Vision for the Jewish People in the 21st Century"
The Introduction by Rabbi Hertzberg is brilliant and worth the price of the book alone. If you want to know something about Zionism, Israel, and modern Jewish history, buy this book and read the Introduction!
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Irina Danilova on July 13, 2003
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the a hundred page introduction of this work is absolutely essential for people of every ilk who want to undertand the whole zionist idealogy in one fine, easy-read scoop. the rest of this work is a presentation of every important leader of zionism in the course of 19th and 20th centuries with a short description of the writers life, endeavors, and accomplishments in the beginning of every excerpt.
this book serves on two fronts which makes it into a bona-fide classic of zionist literature: (a) someone who wants to throughly understand the conception of the movement must read this book because without it even fine, scurpulous research is incomplete. (b) someone who wants to cursorly scan the movement to form a capsule of the zionist idea in his mind for all practical intents and purposes.
i'm not a zionist, but this book gave me a clearer percpective of zionism. now i'm confident to vouch that i know precisely what zionism holds and so should you!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Wolf on November 25, 2011
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This is an excellent compilation of classic writings of the pioneers of Zionnism. I gained so much insight into their thoughts and writings . This a must book for anyone interested and involved inZionism.
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This remains the most comprehensive collection of Zionist thought, and the introductory notes to selected writings from the various schools of thought within the movement are clear and well written. One caution: it is a work for college-level or graduate level study, and not appropriate for younger readers.
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This is simply the most important book on Zionism written. The introduction of 100 pages is very dense and brilliant and the following prime source material, selections from all the early and later Zionist thinkers of vast merit.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabe on July 6, 2011
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Brilliant. There's a 100-page intro, followed by short selections from every major Zionist thinker. Each selection is preceded by a 2-page synopsis of the thinker.

Although compiled decades ago, the writings are timeless and the commentary feels fresh. This edition is from 1997, so maybe they did some edits to keep it fresh.

This material is just begging to be read by anyone with even the vaguest interest in Israel. History repeats itself, and by reading this, it becomes clear that the struggle for the basic Jewish right to self-determination continues to this very day. The need for a Jewish homeland and the conflict in 2011 have both been ongoing since the inception of modern Zionism. Read for yourself.

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