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Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel

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“Sharp, clear-eyed interpretations of Zionism’s winding past and volatile present and the shifting pieces of Israeli society.” —The New York Times Book Review

Tom Segev, Israel’s best-known journalist-historian, here confronts cherished assumptions about the country today, in the process tipping a number of sacred cows. Drawing on personal experience as well as all kinds of
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Picador (first published April 23rd 2002)
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Interesting and lively essay, and still very pertinent; but doesn't quite manage to shape the internal coherence proposed by the subtitle of the book (post-Zionism and the Americanisation of Israel). It might be that Zionism was the triumph of the collective and post-Zionism – Americanisation – that of the individual; but then the problem is that the book does not acknowledge that the rest of the world has moved along a similar trajectory, without reference to Israel's struggle to shape a cohesi ...more
Elliot Ratzman
Mar 29, 2012 Elliot Ratzman rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Israel entusiasts, activists, critics of Israel
Segev writes accessible Israeli history, warts and all. This short book gives us a survey of the promises of early Zionism and an artful account of the contemporary State. The Zionist dreams of a European-style socialist society, multicultural Middle Eastern Switzerland, or Redemptive spiritual homeland have given way to more interesting narratives. Segev draws a sketch of many Israels: a secular Israel that looks to America—rather than Europe—to help discern its desired identity in terms of civ ...more
I read it while travelling around Israel. It was a quick pithy summary with some modern reflections. Not a lot of meat, but I just needed the bones. marked it as to-read
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Tom Segev (Hebrew: תום שגב‎) is an Israeli historian, author and journalist. He is associated with Israel's so-called New Historians, a group challenging many of the country's traditional narratives.
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