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Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Volume 3
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Volume 3
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3.0 out of 5 stars This to me is the most disappointing book in Mr ..., 10 Aug 2014
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This to me is the most disappointing book in Mr Hart's trilogy. Not because of factual issues, but because Mr Hart allows his emotion to intrude into the narrative turning a historical analysis into a polemic and a call to action.


Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Volume 1
Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Volume 1
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, not Polemical, 22 Feb 2014
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I've read quite a few books on the history of modern Israel and the Palestinian conflict so I'm not quite a beginner in this area. I found the book easy to read and by and large factually accurate. What was most helpful to me personally was Alan Hart's detailed coverage of the American angle; his quite believable analysis of American domestic politics and how Zionists, both Christian and Jewish were able to ruthlessly manipulate events to their own advantage. He also raises interesting questions about the death of James Forrestal. Alan Hart does not pull any punches when it comes to criticising the negative effect of Zionist fanaticism, but the work is tempered with an acute understanding of why Zionists behaved as they did, especially after WW2, in their unrelenting drive to found a "safe haven" for themselves, never mind how many Christians, Muslims and non-Zionist Jews had to suffer in the process. Hart is clearly passionate about his subject, but this is nowhere near some of the polemical books that are out there, both pro and anti-Israel. Well worth a read.


The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland
by Shlomo Sand
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.89

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening, 17 April 2013
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This is a fascinating and eye-opening work. For non-Jews, access to recent Jewish history tends to be limited to books on the Holocaust or Jewish persecution in Europe and it's refreshing to discover so much more about Jewish history and Judaism. I'm not that interested in the current political dimension so I'm unable to comment about any bias in professor Sand's book and having read a few negative comments, I feel it is a pity that many of the sources cited by Professor Sand are written in Hebrew and not generally availble in the West. That said, the book appears to be fairly objective in it's treament of Jewish history and well worth a read, whatever your political background or inclination.


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