1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
1948: A History of the Fi... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: This fine as new copy is waiting for you. Unfortunately we are no longer able to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.
Trade in your item
Get a £4.21
Gift Card.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War Paperback – 17 Apr 2009


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£14.99
£9.87 £10.99
£14.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War + The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Price For Both: £24.73

Buy the selected items together


Trade In this Item for up to £4.21
Trade in 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £4.21, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (17 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300151128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300151121
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

'Morris's account seems admirable, because he is unafraid of upsetting both camps... His commitment to the pursuit of historical truth deserves as much admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence commands sympathy... Morris's book is no mere military narrative, but a crisp, vivid introduction to the historical tragedy of Palestine.' Max Hastings, Sunday Times. 'Morris relates the story of his new book soberly and sombrely, evenhandedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and volatile event.' David Margolick, New York Times Book Review. 'An ambitious, detailed and engaging portrait of the war itself - from its origins to its unresolved aftermath - that further shatters myths on both sides of the Israeli-Arab divide.' Glenn Frankel, Washington Post Book World. --Sunday Times, New York Times Book Review, Washington Post Book World

Review

'Morris relates the story of his new book soberly and sombrely, even-handedly and exhaustively.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gamla on 21 May 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I don't wish to begin my review by trashing the previous one so better to start by agreeing that 1948 is an excellent book, but not for the reasons stated of putting Israel in the dock. Just the opposite. The newly established israeli army fought a desperate battle to prevent arabs in Palestine from falling upon the jewish communities there and slaughtering them (10% of the army were killed during the war, definitely not fitting in with the usual mantra of israelis supposedly falling on the defenceless Palestine arab victims).
Haj Amin el Husseini the recognised leader of arabs in Palestine made no bones about this being a war of anihilation against the jews (he could be believed as he along with his top commanders had set up the Nazi Bosnian SS division that massacred thousands of jews and partisans alike:
[...]

likewise the head of the Arab League Azzam Pasha who said about the war, "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades".
[...]

Israel's defence forces might (like all other armies) have at times done some pretty unpleasant things in defending itself. But it was fighting firstly against murderous and uprovoked attacks by palestinian irregular forces and then against an invasion by 5 arab armies armed, supplied and in part led by officers of the British imperial army (The British Army never did have an investigation into its officers, nominally under the command of Jordan (under 'Jordanian' general Glubb Pasha) firing artillery point blank and indiscriminately into jewish civilian areas from the heights over Jerusalem).
Read more ›
12 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Clarke on 3 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This is an absolutely brilliant piece of history, which completely changed my view of the Palestine/Israel situation. I confess I chose this book because it was written by an Israeli scholar, so I was very impressed indeed by the dispassion with which Benny Morris recounts the pre-history and history of the Arab/Israeli conflict. It is very clearly written and is obviously based on a thorough knowledge of the sources (though I guess most of these are Israeli). Not to put too fine a point on it, it puts Israel and its army firmly in the dock, but with no easy way out, given the nature of the surrounding, hostile countries. It underlines the supreme relevance of, but gives no encouragement to, the phrase "blessed are the peacemakers". A total must for anyone who wants to get as near to a dispassionate account as you are likely to get.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Hull P. R. Hull on 18 Sept. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
very well informed and relatively unbiased account of the period proffessor morris is also very readable and not too academic
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zero on 7 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
Benny Morris provides a poor strategic look at the first Arab-Israeli war. Very few details of battles. The final chapter regarding conclusions and what may happen in the future was Zionist rubbish.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Inger on 3 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I don't review books I didn't read. I expect the book to be good
That is what I can write you just now
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback