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"A history that not only clarifies the military and political events of the war but brings its human dimensions vividly to life." (The National Observer)
"A story as dramatic, as miraculous, as full of wonder as any ever told." (New York Times Book Review)
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.
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
The birth of Israel is a complex and tragic history of the Jewish people. This book helps explain on small but monumental period in the history of the Hews and Israel. The performance was pure jewish story telling and lent a feel for the events and the people.
O Jerusalem was written with a focus on the individuals in the Jewish community during the seige of Jerusalem and the events leading up to the War of Independence of 1948. It was written in a journalistic style, not unlike "And the Beat Goes On", etc. I could not stop listening.
This narrative was a well-rounded account of the lives of the Sabras, including their romances, their jobs, such as military or intelligence, and the events surrounding the days leading up to the Israeli war of independence. Not all characters are able to be given a deep treatment, as there are so many individuals. Some of the Arab individuals are also covered, but mostly the destructive ones, such as the notorious Hajj Amin Al Huseini, the anti-Jewish Mufti of Jerusalem. The entire book had a simultaneous sense of hope and doom, which is probably what the Jews were feeling. The British had just announced that they were going to leave the area of the British Mandate, and no one knew what the aftermath would look like. This book also covered the incredible preparations made by the Jewish community under the leadership of the amazing David Ben Gurion. Also appreciated is the factual accuracy of events. However, make no mistake, this book is written from a Jewish, Western point of view. There are no Arab heroes, except perhaps for the venerable King Abdullah of Jordan.
Mr. Bikel has an amazing affinity for the Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish tongues. It was so genuine. Furthermore, he has a dramatic voice and intonation that makes one feel as if they are at a Shakespeare play and they just want to keep listening. I suspect he is a professional actor of many talents.
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