Letters From Jerusalem conveys directly and powerfully the events of 1948, as seen through the eyes of a young American student in Jerusalem. Today more than ever, when Israel occupies a central place in international headlines, it is vital that every young - and not so young - person read this book in order to put current events in their proper perspective. The writing is direct, colorful and insightful. Letters from Jerusalem is a personal document of immense value, sharing the author's thoughts, fears and hopes and sweeping the reader along on a fascinating historical journey. Never before have the facts of Israel's War of Independence been so vividly fleshed out. I read the book at one sitting, alternating between tears and laughter. Make up an excuse, if necessary, to give your friends and family a copy of Zipporah Porath's wonderful book.