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The Land of Blood and Honey: The Rise of Modern Israel

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The definitive one-volume history of Israel by its most distinguished historian

From its Zionist beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century through the past sixty, tumultuous years, the state of Israel has been, as van Creveld argues, "the greatest success story in the entire twentieth century." In this crisp volume, he skillfully relates the improbable story of
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published July 26th 2010)
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Aug 27, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Pretty good but far from the final word on anything. Useful to put tie things together and put them in perspective but each war, social issue or major economic development really needs more attention. Though he makes no apologies about showing the history of Zionism/Israel and not of Israel/Palestine, I think the book suffers from ignoring the Arabs too much. For instance, 48 and 67 are as much the stories of Jordanian political calculations as they are of heroic IDF soldiers but you don't reall ...more
Homer H Blass
An interesting social and political history of Israel from 1900 to the present by Israel's most significant military commentator . van Creeveld write better military analysis than political narrative or social political analysis. He has lots of anecdotal content useful for other members of the Israeli political establishment but rougher rieading for an American outsider. I used it as a text this semester in my HITW 441; The Modern Middle East; but will replace it with something else the next tim ...more
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A breath of fresh air for a Dutch native living in a miasma of upfront unexplanatory just-scratching-the-surface anti-ish Israel press coverage. Not that van Creveld is ever uncritical of his country or critical of its neighbours. The exhaustive account is highly detailed and necessary to absorb to be able to form at least a rudimentary picture of the troubled region. Besides, a real pageturner, humourous at times and priced low for such a voluminous quality work. Recommended.
Nov 08, 2011 Aron rated it liked it
This book is an easy and quick read that gives an excellent overview of Israel's history. Van Creveld is a cranky but proud Zionist who makes no attempt to hide his biases and expresses himself in a very non-PC way. Nontheless this is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the complex and fascinating history of Zionism and Israel. Just don't expect subtlety or "even-handedness."
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Jan 26, 2015 Jason Beale rated it liked it
A good broad-brush history of Israel from an eminent Israeli historian. Very readable and touching on a range of social aspects. Literate, civilised and balanced in its judgements.
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Martin Levi van Creveld (born 5 March 1946) is an Israeli military historian and theorist.

Van Creveld was born in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, and has lived in Israel since shortly after his birth. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he has been on the faculty since 1971. He is the author of seventeen books on military his
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