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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)
For anyone interested in the Mid East conflict, you would not be wasting you time listening to this book. 5 stars.
Retired teacher of literature with an interest in religion and in science and in history. I have loved reading for 50 years.
I was really excited to start learning about the founding of the modern state of Israel, but this book contains so many anecdotes and detailed events that I got lost in the woods, and could not see the forest. Too many details to see the overall picture....perhaps my ignorance of many of the persons and villages named hampered my understanding....but I cannot help but think that an educated, well-read person like myself should have done better if the material had only been presented better....more information about the "big picture" and less about the little one. I can summarize this long audio in a few words...beginning in the 19th century, certain Jewish persons decided that there had to be a homeland for the Jews, that it had to be in the middle east, and following that decision a trinkle then a flood of Jews went there as they were able....after WWII the British had had enough of the middle east and its miseries, so they got out...and because of machinations and luck on the part of the Jews and several major blunders by the Arabs, who were disunited, the Jews were able to proclaim and defend their new homeland, Israel. Now, I knew that before I listened to the audio....and the only new knowledge I gained was that lots of people on both sides in many small battles killed each other...too many details are given that may be valuable to anyone who was there or who knew the participants, but for me, I would have preferred the book to be more coherent somehow.
Told from the Jewish perspective, but trying to be balanced it uncovers the human stories behind the events of the founding of Israel and the beginning of the struggle that continues today. I wish it could have provided more background. The story is hard to follow, as it's just a large number of individual accounts, rather than one person trying to create tell a cohesive story. It has its moments, but I wouldn?t recommend it, unless you really want to know what it was like living in Jerusalem during that time. I would have preferred something with more context.
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