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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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    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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    JMF03 06-17-17
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    "Very worthwhile read"

    This is what I was looking for: a brief run down of the history of Israel. It was an informative and educational listen. The author is pro-Israel, but the book seemed pretty fair up until the most recent sections (late 90s and up), where the bias seemed a bit more pronounced. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to better understand the modern middle East.

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    Annette Gendler Chicago, IL United States 05-15-17
    Annette Gendler Chicago, IL United States 05-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic summary of the history of Israel "

    I've read my fair share of books on Israel and Daniel Gordis has truly achieved a great summary here, from the early stirrings of Zionism to contemporary trends in Israeli society. I especially enjoyed how he tied historical events and developments together. A great study of where and how and why it all began and where we're at today.

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    Ricardo Ernst 04-09-17 Member Since 2014
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    "A great book to calibrate your knowledge on Israel"
    Where does Israel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a GREAT book. Even if you think you know the history, it will be a refreshing historical revision.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Israel?

    No particular one. The narrative is very engaging.


    What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

    He is very engaging.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Israel: from conception to realization ... a fascinating story!


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    Jacob Fishbein 04-05-17
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    "great summary of Israel's history"

    great summary of Israel's history. it covers the history in enough detail but does not focus on one event for too long. highly recommend.

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    Michael Friedman La Quinta, California USA 04-01-17
    Michael Friedman La Quinta, California USA 04-01-17 Member Since 2017

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    "An Excellent History of Israel"

    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.

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    Darleta A. Hollon Amarillo TX 03-31-17
    Darleta A. Hollon Amarillo TX 03-31-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Must read for those who love Israel!!! "

    I loved this book. So glad my son recommended it to me. worth every minute

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    "Thorough"

    A very thorough manuscript. Well read and presented. A great resource of information. I would recommend this book.

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    Graham Langford Pickering, Ontario Canada 02-27-17
    Graham Langford Pickering, Ontario Canada 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    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

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