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Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the United States Was Used to Create Israel

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"Prodigiously documented... Alison Weir must be highly commended for throwing such a brilliantly hard light on the relationship between the United States and Israel. I hope this marvelous book gets all the attention it deserves." - Ambassador Andrew Killgore Soon after WWII, US statesman Dean Acheson warned that creating Israel on land already inhabited by Palestinians wou ...more
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Published February 21st 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published February 2014)
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Aaron Meyer
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
This is an incredibly fast read but it is packed with information and one would do well to probably read it twice. The endnotes are thorough and are larger than the text of the book itself! She exposes Zionism, its key leaders, its movers and shakers, in this absolutely essential reading expose. Touches on its links to the Nazis, and how it even worked against non-Zionist Jews all for the glory of creating its dream of a Zionist, ethnically pure Jewish State. Before anybody starts to cry anti-Se ...more
Dan Lutts
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-east
Alison Weir's Against Our Better Judgment tells "the hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel." Weir's copious primary source citations and notes take up more pages than the narrative itself.

Weir's narrative begins in 1897, when Theodor Herzl organized the First Zionist Congress. Out of several possible choices for a Jewish homeland, the congress selected Palestine. They knew the land was already inhabited by native Palestinians but decided to purchase the land from them. And if
Kameel Nasr
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alison Weir presents a well-researched and well-written history of the creation of Israel. It is not possible to understand the tensions today without understanding how it became that way. It should be noted that before 1967 many American Jews were against the formation of a state only for Jews since they thought it would lead to more hatred and persecution, especially when the proposed country would be created by displacing the Palestinians. This is a book every student of Middle East history s ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
As a Muslim, reading this book seemed liked all the conspiracy theories about Zionism becoming real. The book is a very short, actually it's not a book but a longish article with endnotes longer than the book itself. I guess the author needed to provide ample evidence to all the controversial statements made against Zoinists. The affect of pro Israel propaganda is very strong but unfortunately blowback is proved to be just as strong. The future peace in the World depends on addressing our histor ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good reporter assembles the facts and then relates those facts to the public in an understandable way. Alison Weir was a newspaper reporter who became curious about the special situation of Israel and decided to investigate, to our benefit. She has been active in bringing out facts on her website, If Americans Knew, for over ten years ago. I have listened to her speak in person and afterward went up and gave her a hug of support. I have never read any of her work that doesn't stand up to scrut ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good historical piece - well written, fast moving - not good for someone totally brainwashed by the Zionist theory of life! Unfortunately, that includes a majority of Americans and worse, the whole of congress!
Harry Haller
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
A Must-Read for EVERY American. This is a fast-paced, chronological narrative documenting how the United States was conned into (forced into) being a champion for the partitioning of Palestine by numerous zionists and zionist groups, despite the reservations of the Foreign Service and Pentagon.

The book is extremely well-researched and documented. In fact over one half of the book consists of end-notes with references. And that is what makes it all the more shocking and disturbing: that these eve
Anthony Saneh
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is literally an eye opener, a book full of "Aha!" moments. As a 23 years old Lebanese citizen, having studied in my country's schools and in its history books, I feel shame as in why the creation of Israel is not clearly highlighted in education, leaving a gap and lots of questions that only this book could so objectively fulfill.
This book answers not only "what happened?" but more importantly "how all of this happened?" and is very highly recommended for everyone especially people liv
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every American should read this. It is superb, concise and extremely well written, researched and documented. Rewrites the history we were all taught about how and why the State of Israel came into being. And sheds light on truth behind US / Israeli relations and support.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alison Weir pulls back the curtain on Zionism to expose its lurid story. Her book, so carefully annotated, reveals a story that very few know and the State of Israel hopes will never be known. All along the way, whenever American journalists or theologians spoke out on behalf of the Palestinians and questions what was happening in Palestine, a massive smear campaign began, labeling them as Anti-Semitic. Lives, careers, were ruined by Zionist efforts to squash criticism of its violent rampage in ...more
Steve Birchmore
I was once mystified by the Balfour Declaration - why?

Why did Britain make such a declaration?

An obvious clue was when the declaration was made - in the middle of WWI, but other then that it seemed a baffling mystery to me. This wonderful book gives a detailed answer.

Of course the book is about much much more, as the subtitle states: The hidden history of how the U.S. was used to create Israel.

A quote:

"Warren and his film crew were filming an interview with Begin in 1974. "The red light had co
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating look at the relationship between the US and various Zionist organizations and the lengths they went to in order for Israel to become a reality. Some of the info in here is jaw dropping and it's amazing how much we don't know about what went on behind the scenes. The book is meticulously researched, so much so that weblinks and citations makeup half the book. This book is well worth the read for those who want to know the full story about the creation of Israel. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I agree with the general theme of this book but some of the things she's presenting as facts are things that she probably shouldn't be. Before starting this I tried to find out a little about Alison Weir, as I usually do when considering reading books by people I've never heard of. Having already wasted a pretty good deal of time researching the Israel-Palestine conflict, Zionism, AIPAC, U.S. foreign policy, etc. I already know which side I'm on and won't waste even one more second of my life on ...more
Mike Wigal
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Whenever you see a book like this you tend to think it's going to be a wild-eyed rant of the sort seen in Facebook comments, only longer. But this is not that. Weir has documented and cited a tremendous amount of evidence revealing the Zionist machinations throughout the 20th century. Every American should read this and wonder why Israel receives more U.S. Foreign aid than any other country, year in and year out.

I've been to Israel and I've been to Palestine. What's going on there is a travesty
Tom & Beverly
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bev and I heard Alison Weir speak in Rochester, NY and were very impressed by the depth of her knowledge and bought this book. It is a quick read as more than half of the books are foot notes etc. I thought I knew a lot but this book added a lot to my understanding of the dynamics of Israel, the US and Palestine. Subsequently she came to our town and we hosted her at our home. She really cares about the problems that Israel has caused and the extreme destruction in Gaza. Her websites http://www. ...more
R.J.Cicisly Jr.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fills in the spaces between the dots!

I read Illan Pappe' and had an epithamy, and after reading this, Whoa! I never imagined how organized and how far back in American history this all began. Now I realize the reason for all the "Friends of the IDF" chapters around the USA in 2015! Wow!
Samar Dahmash Jarrah
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an eye opener on how Zionism played a role in US politics since 1910. I always wanted to know why President Truman recognized Israel though many advisors were against the move. Here you have an answer.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a revealing book. For those who want the truth behind the founding of Israel, this is a good book. There are 93 pages of text then over 100 pages of footnotes. There is also a reading list and an index. Reading this book shed much light on the situation there today.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Clear and concise. This book describes how the Zionist have waged a war of terror against the Palestinians. It also explains the complicity of the US in this genocide. Heart wrenching but worth the read. Israel is a terrorist organization pretending to be a legitimate government.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An innocent and naive observer of the Middle East and its recent history may find it peculiar and mystifying the partisan American support for “Israel”, often in flagrant contravention of UN resolutions, and which risks subverting its own national interests. As Alison Weir’s book Against Our Better Judgement, meticulously demonstrates, however, America's unwavering support for “Israel” was born out of a tireless process of overt and covert methods, powerful lobbying and holding key positions of ...more
B Sarv
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I said I wasn’t concerned reviewing this book I would be lying. Anytime one speaks out publicly about Israel, one runs the risk of being considered anti-Semitic. An online dictionary defines “Semitic” as relating to the peoples who speak Semitic languages, especially Hebrew and Arabic. Technically then, to be anti-Semitic one must be against both speakers of Hebrew and speakers of Arabic. Disposing of this technicality, common parlance accepts the idea of being anti-Semitic as harboring racis ...more
Guido Colacci
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am a searcher of truth. There is much truth in this book. Truth people don't acknowledge , truth that is not taught and truth that is called lies. In our day and age we have the advantage of being able to dispute any even with facts if we do our own due dilligent research. And then we can know the real truth.Highly recommended... ...more
Gabriel Mchedlidze
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Explains very well, how Zionists stole land from Palestinians and in order to achieve this influenced Truman and US media.
Abdul Najah
Extraordinarily well researched book; well structured and convincing, well annotated history of Zionism in USA. We have to open ypu eyes to know what's happening in Palestine. it will definitely help everyone to get a clear picture of gross violation of self determination and human rights of natives of Palestine ...more
Dicksie Mathison
Extremely important information regarding the extremes Zionists went to to get the state of Israel established. Very shocking! And extremely well documented. A must read. I read once, then went through it again taking notes so that I can better tell others.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When a book has more pages of end notes than body it probably indicates a controversial thesis is being presented with the end note adding backup. Such is the case with this work. The book can be considered anti-Zionist, I use that adjective because one can be such without being anti-Semitic. One of the main reasons there is such turmoil in the Middle East and animosity toward the US (and other Western countries) has been the way the State of Israel was created and how it has expanded. Just like ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and enraging. This book isn't really a book. It's more of an extended article of 93 pages of writing and 100+ pages end notes. It's quick which is good because the topic is so frustrating to learn about. Essentially zionist machinations have had their hooks in us (the US) for the last 100 years (well before the events of WWII. Via political pressure, heart-string pulling and the all-powerful smear tactic of anti-semitism, the Israel lobby has had us working against our best interests ...more
Jeremy Marshall
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
My views of Israel were largely influenced by the book and movie "Exodus", until the Second Intifada. Few Americans today are aware that US support enabled the creation of modern Israel. Even fewer know that US politicians pushed this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic experts. The politicians, especially including Harry Truman, were bombarded by a massive pro-Israel lobbying effort, including an "elitist secret society" that included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Full ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: palestine
Meticulously documented and sourced. It reads very well, and the information revealed has depth and breadth in its historical presentation, and is jaw dropping. It is a must read for anyone who is interested in or even already has a wide knowledge of the reality of why and how Israel began, what Zionism is as opposed to the religion Judaism or the original Jewish race. Most importantly, it reveals how from its very beginnings in the late 19th century how those who founded Zionism worked to infil ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Crisp, fair-sounding review of the Zionist machinations leading up to the Balfour Declaration and the "creation" of the modern state of Israel in 1948. Short, with a ton of end notes, but very worth reading. No hints of anti-Semitism, and poses tough questions that few Americans in politics or American Jews want to confront.

While the US and modern Israel were born of bloodshed and conquest, no one is arguing that the clock can be turned back. But the context of these "births" and the reverberati
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