Elvis in Jerusalem: Post-Zionism and the Americanization of Israel
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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 al
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Paperback, 167 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Picador (first published April 23rd 2002)
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Akin
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
Steven Salaita
Despite its cutesy title and quirky cover, this book isn't really very interesting. Segev writes popular history, and does so reasonably well, but his work would benefit from more critical analysis.
Kearstin
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.
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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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