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Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'Ev) Jabotinsky Two Volume Set

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ISBN-13: 978-1569800423
ISBN-10: 1569800421
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Historian and journalist Katz has written a lengthy and detailed life of Jabotinsky (1880-1940), an outstanding and controversial figure in the Zionist movement of the 1920s and 1930s. He was a leader of Revisionism, which opposed the policies of the mainstream Zionist group led by Chaim Weitzman and David Ben-Gurion, later to become president and prime minister, respectively, of the state of Israel. Jabotinsky was also a prolific journalist, novelist, poet, and linguist, and Katz treats these aspects of Jabotinsky's work fully. This attempt at completeness often obscures the main thrust of Jabotinsky's efforts?the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine. Although Katz avows a determination to be fair to Jabotinsky's contemporary critics and opponents, this is clearly the work of an ardent admirer. Recommended for academic libraries with large collections on Zionism and the state of Israel.?Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Hebrew
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1855 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (March 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569800421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569800423
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 6.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,836,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a real eye opener. It completly changed my perspective on the history of the Middle East and how the British, who so often have come accross as the "white knight" was in fact the dirty thief.
The book is a monster in size and in the amount of information it presents. It documented and footnoted to a degree that one would expect from a work of this nature.
I highly suggest it to anyone who wants to find out about the history of modern Israel and how the wolrd powers did what they do best, exploit. I truly learned much!
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Zeev (meaning wolf, in hebrew) Jabotinsky was one of the greatest leaders ever, and the greatest liberal Zionist leader. His works can not be denied. Because of his many deeds, he was admired by many - and hated by the rest. And he is the subject of this book, like many other books and articles. But this one is special - the auther spent 7 years of his life reserching and writing it, and those seven years have beared fruit. The writing is of a very high quality, and the contence is extensive. Itws like no other book about Jabotinsky I know. After reading, you will enrich not only your mind - but also your spirit, by knowing this great man. Highly recomended, for all people - Zionists, students, and anyone seeking pure knolage and feeding.
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Shmuel Katz has managed to collect so much useful, important and fascinating information in this biography of Ze'ev Jabotinsky that it could stand on its own as a first class historical review of early 20th century Zionist and Palestinian history. Through obsessive documentation of his topic, Katz demolishes a number of historical myths surrounding both the roots of Zionism and the founding of the state of Israel. He does this all in a highly compelling and readable style, which is certainly helpful, given its 1800-page size. It is an extraordinary read and essential to fully understanding the origins of Israel and its conflict vis a vis the Arabs, as well as the life of this unique and gifted individual.
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Reading this book is a great intelectual adventure. There are a lot of information and the author has a very clear and envolving writing, always creating expectative over what's coming next. The author also mixes narrative with a lot of opinions and analysis about the facts. There are, as well, many quottings from other works about Jobotinsky, along with several transcriptions of classified official documents that shed light into controversial facts. The author is not afraid of polemics and gives new perspectives over matters treated as tabu, like Ben Gurion, Weizman, The Zionist Organization and the Histadrut. Much enfasis is given to Jabotinsky's unstopabble fight for the jewish rights in palestine and abroad, as well as his unfearing steadfastness against anyone who denied the goal of creating a jewish state. The book will give a complete understanding of the Revisionist movement, the British Rule in Israel, the internal Zionist Organization politics and its blunders, the arab behavior, among others. By reading this book you will also be able to better understand contemporary israeli politics and the relationship with the arab countries. The book, although very pleasant, takes quite a bit to be read, but it is a must for anyone who wants to know one of the greatest zionist and jewish leaders ever and get into the politics of the pre-state period.
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An unapologetic biography of a controversial figure in Jewish/Israeli history. Mr. Katz's book is painstakingly well documented. It is more than the history of a single person; it provides a detailed look at competing Jewish ideologies and their role in the formation of Israel. Though biased, it is on the whole, well balanced.
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Excellent history of the premier, intellectual Zionist who made the nation of Israel a reality. This is a two book collection that describes in depth a prodigy who besides was dedicated to recreating a state of Israel, was Russia's greatest journalist during the time of the last Tzar, recognized writer in Russian and Hebrew and translated many of the European classic into Hebrew, and was fluent in over 12 languages. Among his other accomplishments was his persistence to create a defense force is Russia to defend the Jews from pogroms, Hebrew contingents in the British army for WW I, statesman, training of European and Palestinian youth in the art of self defense and supporter of individual rights who opposed such philosophies as socialism and fascism.

This book is for who want to get to the source of history and enjoy details as it includes parts of his many speeches, articles written and letters. I find the book interesting and relish the extent of the detail which produces a book set (Books One and Two) of 1680 pages. These books also include historical photos.

This book also educates the reader not only of the aspirations and history of Zionism, but also the factions that were of several important camps. Those who had the Jewish ghetto mentality who did not believe that they could rely on themselves and proved timid and noneffective such as Chaim Weitzman who was the great appeaser to anti Semitic British officials, those who were hard core socialist idealists who believed in class warfare struggle such as Ben Gurion and those unapologetic, proud Jews who did not fear speaking up publicly against injustice and defending themselves from pogroms form the Russian government, Polish or Arabs.
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