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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©2016 Daniel Gordis (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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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