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A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time (Second Edition, Revised and Updated)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  192 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Second Edition, Revised and Expanded
Paperback, 1184 pages
Published April 12th 1979 by Knopf (first published January 1st 1976)
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Ryan
Dec 25, 2007 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At one point in this sprawling history, Sachar suggests one root of the Arab/Israeli conflict is that early Zionist settlers in Palestine simply forgot to take serious notice of the Arabs already living on the land, and never reckoned with them until it was too late. This is an error Sachar is eager to repeat in his narrative history of the birth and troubled life of Israel. That flaw aside, "A History of Israel" is an indispensable primer on the history of the country from Herzl to the Second L ...more
Walter
Jan 24, 2008 Walter rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is like asking someone for some water, and then having your house flooded. I tried to stick with this book, but it's so verbose and minutely detailed, that in the end one is unable to pull out, or care about, the important details. While I am confident that this is the definitive source on the subject, the text is barely readable. It's worthwhile as a reference book, little more.
Richard
Sep 28, 2008 Richard rated it it was amazing
Essential for anyone trying to form intelligent opinions about the Middle East, Israel, and our world today.
Sarah
Nov 15, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who want to understand the Middle East conflict
Shelves: judaism
Not the easiest of reads, but a very thorough, clear, and fair treatment of the history of Israel.
Czarny Pies
Jun 20, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good history
Recommended to Czarny by: Martin Gilbert
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I am giving this book four stars because I do not know the subject well enough to be sure that the author's judgements are sound in all areas. I would not be surprised if in fact this book merited an additional star because it is indeed very impressive.

The strength of this book is its one weakness, it is extremely detailed and thus very long. For many readers who are only marginally interested in the topic, Sachar's work may in fact be too long. However, it is very rewarding for perseverant rea
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Tom
Feb 02, 2010 Tom rated it really liked it
Incredibly comprehensive. At 1100 pages, it was quite a commitment.
Adam Glantz
-Though it had earlier antecedents, modern Zionism arose from the antisemitic reaction following Russian Czar Alexander II's assassination, which frustrated the aspirations of assimilationist Jewish liberals. Living in a dense and traditional Jewish milieu, Eastern Jews sought a Jewish cultural transformation that was absent from the Zionism of Western Jewries, who remained liberal and assimilationist. This came to a head in the dispute between Chaim Weizmann and Louis Brandeis; in some ways, th ...more
Nahal
Dec 13, 2007 Nahal is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I refuse to take the bits and pieces of information the news has to offer as my source of knowledge. What is the position of the Zionist people? What adversities have they suffered through and no matter what, does a religious group have the right to occupy land to establish their own country. This book won't answer all my questions but it will give me some of the foundation I need to help me find my own answers.
Do
Jul 30, 2008 Do rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very comprehensive history of the Zionist movement. Hard to read because of the extensive detail and because it doesn't always follow events chronologically. Helped me validate my views about the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
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Aug 26, 2013 Chriss W-t rated it really liked it
You really need to be concentrated to read this +1K pages book. Get your papers and pencils ready for notes. You also will need to know a bit of the Zionism history before starting this book.
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