The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem.
Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?
We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel's history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people's story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse - but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel's deepening isolation.
With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on Israel's past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.
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It is a GREAT book. Even if you think you know the history, it will be a refreshing historical revision.
No particular one. The narrative is very engaging.
He is very engaging.
Israel: from conception to realization ... a fascinating story!
This is an excellent history of the founding of the Jewish State and it's struggles and triumphs into the 21st century. Mr. Gordis does a nice job of weaving history, characters, culture and context into his narrative. His story of the interplay of the Israeli leaders is fascinating as is his connecting the dots from 19th Century Zionism to the creation of Israel. That being said, his view of the Iran nuclear deal orchestrated by the United States seems flawed. From his perspective this is a colossal failure in the view of all Israelis exposing them to a future state with a nuclear bomb destined to be pointed at Israel. That is not necessarily accurate, but that is a small part of this superb book.
I'm sorry, I just can't forgive the decision to cast narrators who don't know how to pronounce even basic Hebrew names or words in a book about Israel. I'm not looking for ultra-authentic native accent, but jeez, are these readings assigned to narrators by pure chance like judges to court cases?
Excellent history in a format I haven't really seen done elsewhere - comprehensive but concise. It definitely reflects a desire to tell a story from the point of view of Jews (Zionist and non-Zionist alike), but provides sufficient context generally that there's enough material upon which to base arguments against if one were so inclined. I put this under the entirely proper category of an author acknowledging from the outset that he is biased but will earnestly attempt to write in a manner that is fair to all sides. It's left to the reader to decide how well he succeeds in that, but there's no obfuscation or misinformation.
This is an excellent book which describes not just the political rise of the Jewish state but also the individuals that played a part in it is well worth reading This is an excellent book which describes the start of the play and the ending of the sofa
I've been visiting Israel since the spring of 1967. Now I understand all the pieces and parts that have been the miracle and the pathos of this unique nation. The author was masterful in weaving the significant individuals into the story from beginning to end and left me wanting to read and study even more.
It's hard to believe that a book of 16+ hours could be labeled "concise" but that description does indeed fit this book. In fact, there were times I found myself hitting Wikipedia after listening to a chapter, just to fill in some of the blanks. The author is quite upfront that he couldn't possibly cover the history of an entire country in one book, so the need for further information is understandable. That doesn't however, take away any of the respect I have for this work. He does a wonderful job of telling the history from Israel's perspective, with pulling any punches when it comes to mistakes that the politicians made along the way.
I wanted to find a book that explained how millions of Jews ended up in Israel after 1900 years of living elsewhere. I also wanted to better understand the Palestinians position. This book is so interesting and explains history up to modern times in a very understandable way. I highly recommend this book to everyone,
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