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"'Makovsky's book demonstrates that Churchill's Zionism did not emerge fully formed but developed gradually, shaped by his other concerns and always ruled by his pragmatism... For an honest, but not hostile, explanation of Churchill's stance toward the Jewish world that also sheds much light on his outlook and his conduct as a politician, Michael Makovsky's account can hardly be bettered.' Literary Review 'A solidly constructed book... We are introduced, carefully and respectfully, to a corner of Churchill's mind and political behaviour that undoubtedly deserves exploration.' David Vital, Times Literary Supplement"

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Michael Makovsky has a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from Harvard and is foreign policy director of the Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank based in Washington, D.C. He lives in Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300143249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300143249
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,227,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on October 29, 2007
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In this well written and perfectly documented account the story of Churchill's relationship to Zionism is layed out through Churchill's own political rise and his own worldview. Zionism was to Churchill a positive element in the world. Churchill had been an early admirer of the Jews for their tenacity and their survival over the cneturies. With the advent of Zionism he became a supporter of this movement because he saw it as a meaningful challenge to Communism. With the rise of Nazism he saw that the threat to Jewish existence in Europe could be releived through Jewish migration to Palestine.

Churchill was a phenomenal character and his relationship with Zionism is one of the most interesting stories regarding his long life. This book exists alongside other discussions of the same material such as Martin Gilbert's Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship but this book is fascinating for orienting Zionism vis-a-vis Churchill's own worldview and for providing a well written, fast paced discussion of the interplay between the two.

Seth J. Frantzman
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Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (WSC) was, without any doubt whatsoever, one of the seminal figures in world history. His long tenure in government service spanned the British-African colonial wars (he was a participant as a soldier, as a journalist and Minister for the Colonies), the First World War (as a soldier and government minister, unfairly tarred with the responsibility for the Gallipoli debacle), Indian independence and the decline of the British Empire. His amazing ministerial portfolio also included that of Prime Minister (twice!). In his capacity as British leader during WW-II, he has been acknowledged as a supremely gifted orator,savior of the U.K. and the rallying point for the beleaguered West. He has also been savagely pilloried by his contemporaries not only for his principled positions and was sometimes viewed as a pessimistic Cassandra for his prescient insights on the menace of emerging Nazi German power and the threat posed by the Soviet Union. Then and now, he has been scruitinized for his role in the creation of Israel, accepted by received wisdom as the linchpin of the current Middle East imbroglio. WSC's positions on many controversial subjects have been characterized as redolent of hubris, being imbued with imperialistic perspectives and/or smacking of arrogance or ignorance. A prolific author, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature for work done in his "spare time". In short, he was (as one biographer characterized him), "The Last Lion". Given the vast panorama of his life and the divisive nature of the issues the dealt with, it is hardly surprising that he remains a controversial figure for contemporary commentators.Read more ›
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Michael Makovsky has written an excellent book giving great insight into the evolution of Churchill's relationship to Zionism. Considering the conflicted role that Britain played in the founding of the State of Israel, it might not have happened if it were not for the positive role of Churchill. In a country and an era where Zionism had few friends, Churchill really understood the need of the Jewish People to have a state of their own and why it needed to be in Palestine. Makovsky has done a wonderful job of taking us through the years with one of the truly great leaders of the 20th Century.
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Excellent insight into Churchill's role in Zionism. The research behind this book is superb. And the writing style is clear and comfortable.
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I have not completed the book. However so far it is outstanding. It is written in a clear and articulate style in a highly factual manner. It makes for very interesting reading.
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