I was surprised at the level of detail in this truly "day to day" account of Israel's formation. The book covers the Zionist movement and the interplay between American and European governments and the United Nations to facilitate the declaration of Jewish Independence within a segment of Palestine to the dismay of the neighboring Arab states. The military and paramilitary preparations and clashes are described seemingly to the last round fired from every gun in the territory. I enjoyed the narrator as well. This book certainly allows one to appreciate the seeds of the ongoing conflict over occupancy of the territory called Israel. The long duration of this conflict however is not explained by the origins of it. To understand the duration of the conflict to the current day one must study the subsequent politics and narratives that have prevented the countries in the region from behaving as sovereign and cooperative neighbors.
An enlightning look into the day-to-day events leading up to the Isreal's War of Independence with insights into both sides of the war. There are many fascinating personal accounts as well as the strategies that both sides attempted to execute.
Sometimes, not having been there, you just get a good feel for a fair and balanced book. This is one of those books. It is packed with trivial but not boring details that make the book come alive...like the dog that was used by the Jews to carry intel messages across town in his ear......or how the Jewish women hung clothes on the electrical lines to disguise the secret radio transmitter at the other end. Packed with details made exciting by the reader with a Jewish accent, "O Jerusalem" is the best read I have about the 1948 Israeli war of independence. With many details from the Arab side as well, it lays out the war in an unbiased and historical way. Thank you audible.com for this book. Much better than anything from the Jimmy carter perspective.
Theodore Bikel is an energetic narrator who does well with all the Israeli and Arab names. This is a truly magnificent account of the Israeli War of Independence
the narrator of this audio book was excellent. the book was very long, and because of that the style can become repetitive. but the facts covered were so interesting and the human element involved so moving, it kept my attention throughout the course of the book.
The story is great. It took me several tries to really get into it; this is not a book you can listen to in small intervals and expect to follow along. Once I put it on for a road trip and had about two hours of uninterrupted listening, I was all in.
Definitely would recommend.
I read this book over 18 years ago and it still is as good as I remember.
Now, with the excellent audio performance the story really comes alive.
Of course 5 stars