Praises for the hardback edition of The Invention of Jewish People: 'Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. ... Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.' -- Tony Judt '...a formidable polemic against claims that Israel has a moral right to define itself as an explicitly and exclusively Jewish society, in which non-Jews, such as Palestino-Israelis, are culturally and politically marginalised.' -- Max Hastings, Sunday Times 'Shlomo Sand's The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso) is both a welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a plea for an Israel that belongs equally to all its inhabitants. Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.' --Eric Hobshawm, Observer, Books of the year
'A string of firecrackers.' -- Stephen Howe, Independent, Book of the Week 'Sand takes on a formidable tradition in claiming that moral validity in the Middle East needs good history, and no discussion of the region any longer seems complete without acknowledgement of his book.' --Independent on Sunday, Best History Books of 2009
'An important book one that hammers another nail into Zionism s ideological coffin.' -- Tony Greenstein, Weekly Worker '[Sand's] quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.' --Rafael Behr, Observer
About the Author
Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include "The Invention of the Jewish People," "On the Nation and the Jewish People," "L'Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le debat intellectuel 1900," "Georges Sorel en son temps," "Le XXe siecle a l'ecran" and "Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israel."