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Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

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Publisher's Summary

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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Daniel Gordis (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Schaq 04-01-17
    Schaq 04-01-17
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    "Excellent, mildly but honestly biased, terrible narration"

    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.

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    Wolfman 11-13-17
    Wolfman 11-13-17
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    "Great read; shows history, current story & nuance"

    Great well-written book. Daniel Gordis does a great job in presenting a long history in a brief manner, relating the trajectory and path that led Israel and the Jewish people to where they are today. He does a wonderful job of keeping impartial and just presents the facts of both sides of the coin, relating a people's history to their actions and describing both their successes and missteps along the way. By describing many important details in their broader context, he gives the high-level and specifics in an efficient manner. It is a great way to learn all about this country that is at the forefront of news so often, and understand how Israel got to where it is today, and suggests some views or hints to where we can go from here. Highly recommended to anyone who wants an impartial view of the history and current situation. This review opinion is my own and is coincidentally an entry for the Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia McCamish Littlefield, TX USA 11-06-17
    Cecilia McCamish Littlefield, TX USA 11-06-17
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    "Interesting and Educational"

    For those of us who know only what history classes and the news media tell us, this book was extremely eye-opening. There was so much I never knew or realized about the Jewish people or Israel and its creation and fight for survival. Initially I wanted to read this book to learn more about Israel before taking a trip there, but, now, as a Christian, I feel somehow a kinship with a people that I share Biblical roots with as well as a sense of pride in the country they have forged from nothing. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking to understand the Middle East, it’s problems, and the nation of Israel. Peace.

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    Laura Pimentel 10-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating Epic History of Modern Israel"

    This history book was fascinating, informative, and moving. I downloaded it because I recently returned from two weeks of vacation in Israel and Jordan. I wanted to learn more of the history and culture of the Middle East vis a vis the modern state of Israel.

    The author does an excellent job of examining the historical background of the modern state. He takes one through the intellectual and cultural fathers of Zionism. Using the historical backdrop of the pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe, he explains the origins of the stages of Aliyah to Palestine. He then takes the reader through the horrors of Naziism, that created the historical milieu necessary for the United Nations vote for partition in 1947.

    The author does a wonderful job of describing the fathers and mothers of the early state with great emphasis on the crucial leadership of David Ben-Gurion. I learned a great deal about the early military leaders of the Israeli Defense Force, their differences in philosophy, and impact on political leadership of the young state.

    I found the author very balanced in his treatment of the origins and evolution of the Palestinian refugees. He is sensitive to the reality that many Palestinian Arabs lost their homes and livelihoods during the war of independence. I particularly appreciated his references and quotes of cultural and intellectual writers, both Arab and Jew.

    For interested lay readers like myself, A Concise History of a Nation Reborn is a very moving and intellectually stimulating tome. I highly endorse your taking the time to listen or read this book. You will not be disappointed.

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    Nicholas 09-27-17
    Nicholas 09-27-17
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    "Best book on creation of Israel"

    I have been looking for a good book on history of how The Jews got back to their homeland. This book starts in the 1800s and ends today. Read it.

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    DailyMuncher United States 09-23-17
    DailyMuncher United States 09-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "very good and solid book"

    very good and solid modern history story. i really
    enjoyed the facts of the war and personal story's of thw leaders.

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    "Bias much?"

    Well written and interesting at first. Unfortunately, because of the author's obvious bias, it quickly loses credibility as an historical account and collapses into a diatribe.

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    Jeffry 08-19-17
    Jeffry 08-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Superb Historical Treatise"

    From the genesis of the Zionism to current times, the good and the bad, this book covers it all. It may have been a littlethin on detailing the most recent political differences, but the book did everything I wanted. Cleary it lived up to its award winning status.

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    Robert 08-14-17
    Robert 08-14-17
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    "An excellent concise history"

    I would have given the reader a five stars were it not for the many unforgivable errors in pronouncing words. Mr. Gordon is, otherwise masterful.

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    az-joe 07-10-17
    az-joe 07-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I learned a lot"

    I enjoyed the book. I'm not jewish but if I was I would probably be a proud Zionist.

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