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Israel, A Nation of Warriors Paperback – August 16, 2015
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I love this book. As a person who has visited Israel three times, and traveled from Eilat up to the Golan, many of the facts in this book did not surprise me. I've seen it firsthand - the patriotism & remembrance, the camaraderie, the devotion, the memorials to the fallen. Many of the historical facts did surprise me though, especially things documented in Jewish written history that are not recorded in the Bible. For instance, who knew that the patriarch Jacob was a master of the sword? I also found the firsthand knowledge of the workings and day-to-day life in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) facinating.
For the record, like most Israelis, Moshe is multilingual. Do keep this in mind as you read, and do not expect perfection in grammar, or think that every phrase in Hebrew perfectly translates into English.
All in all I can and do highly recommend this enjoyable book. It is a quick, compelling account from one of Israel's finest warriors.
Written in a light flowing style, it is well researched, but not overly academic. Katz brings countless examples of "ordinary" Israelis performing acts of bravely and quick thinking not normally seen in the highly trained commandos. One example, Liviu Librescu, the Virginia tech University professor and holocaust survivor, who at age 76, saved most of his class, by holding the door shut while a crazed gunman was trying to open. He paid for this bravely with his life.
Katz opens a window to the special character of life in Israel, and how this translates to the spirit of initiative and self sacrifice. This is a very valuable and inspiring book.
This book will also help you understand the personal responsibility that all Israeli's feel for safeguarding their nation and how their military service helps to reinforce that into every citizen. I have served in the United States Air National Guard for 12 years and deployed to the middle east and couldnt agree more. Most Americans do not understand what we are fighting for.
If you dont believe this review download the free sample and you'll see for yourself. This book is not only a history but it is the current events that are unfolding today!!
The Jewish people have suffered many tragedies, and even though we are now living in our own land we continue to be attacked and threatened by our enemies. Moshe shows us that in spite of the sorrow our people have suffered, we all have a hero living within each of us.
Thank you Moshe Katz, I really love your book!!!
Also, it was written at a fairly low reading level, then again we live in a time where people don't read a whole lot, so writing at a Jr. High level is probably necessary to get the book widely read.
I do recommend the book.