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on 20 December 2000
Year after year, decade after decade, the conflict in the Middle East becomes more and more complex and apparently more and more intractable. Benny Morris offers an extraordinary piece of scholarship which will be of consuming interest to anyone concerned to understand the politics and psychology of the situation: Morris takes a complex subject and delivers a highly readable analysis.
He demonstrates that the roots of the present Arab-Israeli wars and social unrest stretch back to the 19th century. Morris analyses the tensions which underlay the creation of Israel, and achieves the seemingly impossible - a balanced narrative of the politics and warfare of the region.
Morris is cutting in his remarks: the outbreak of the Six Day War was a mistake - the politicians posed and postured and pushed one another... until the situation was beyond their control. Morris's analysis of the strategies and military successes of the protagonists is compelling.
This is an indispensable work for anyone interested in the Middle East - and it is impossible for anyone to dismiss that conflict as too remote or as limited in its importance to the rest of the world. Here is a major flash point for world politics and economics - and an enduring nightmare for people caught up in the horrors which beset their lands. Rich in detail and analysis, written with pace and style, this is a thought provoking work.
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on 6 March 2000
Thousands of books have been written on the Israeli-Arab conflict. Virtually all of these have been partisan. Here we have the first objective history covering the conflict from its 19th century inception right up to the 21st century. "Righteous Victims" is not a history of Israel nor a history of Palestine. It is a history of the conflict and it covers the subject comprehensively, objectively and with acute insight. No serious student of the Middle East can afford to ignore this book.
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on 24 October 2011
Benny Morris gives a excellent account backed up with data on the Israeli-Palestine conflict since 1881. His approach helps one to understand that religion is a by-product of what is really going on here. Religion is only one dimension of what is a political economical, and social conflict. Well presented writing style with referenced evidence to backup his historical evaluation of what is really going on. If one wants a clearer understanding of the Israeli Palestine conflict, then I recommend this book.
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on 15 January 2016
Best read alongside The Iron Wall by Avi Shlaim.
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on 24 September 2015
Excellent view
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on 7 June 2014
Benny Morris' lack of Arab sources prove this book is just more Zioinist lies by the Israeli state's foremost apologist.
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