- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Columbia University Press (April 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0231107420
- ISBN-13: 978-0231107426
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,009,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal
This is a genuine and intelligent critical inquiry into the nature of contemporary Israeli politics and its Zionist ideology and the development of Palestinian statehood by one of Israel's most prominent literati. In an often trenchant tone, Elon explores the conditions that brought about the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin and the ascendance of the political right in Israel. The author reflects on the Palestinians' plight and their encouragement of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the Persian Gulf crisis. An examination of the intifada is complemented by an interview with Yasir Arafat. Also included are commentaries on the leadership in Jordan and Egypt. Elon's work is an indictment of current Israeli policy toward the peace process, which he thinks may be futile. Recommended for specialist and generalist alike.?Sanford R. Silverburg, Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C.
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There are few more provocative observers of Israel and its neighbors than Elon, frequent contributor to The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Review of Books, and author of several books--most recently, The Rothschilds. A Blood-Dimmed Tide gathers nearly two dozen pieces written between the 1967 Six-Day War and Netanyahu's May_ 1996 election victory. Vivid portraits of Israeli figures (Dayan, Rabin, Peres) are matched by cogent analysis of Arab leaders (Arafat, King Hussein) and thoughtful reports on public opinions and political developments in both the Mideast and the international community. Elon's theme ("the search--mostly in vain, sometimes partly successful--for the peaceful solution of a conflict that has continued for nearly a century") addresses Arab intransigence as well as Israeli errors; notably, the transformation of Zionism--a secular manifestation of "the final wave of European liberal nationalism"--into a quasi-religious, even messianic "state-ideology." Elon's meaty essays deserve to stand as history. Mary Carroll
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