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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reckoning
This is an absolutely compelling read. While admirably and comprehensively covering the political and historical background the author creates an absorbing tension around two deeply driven individuals for whom the end justified the means. It is hard to sympathise with either of them but the reader is provided with the most lucid description of their respective rationales,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mundane tale with a glorified title
The title is misleading, to claim that the death of Stern changed the destiny of the state of Israel is a bridge too far for me. I like this author and the book is ok. The death of Stern is open to several interpretations, and a number of publishers were sued for libel by the officer who shot him. His account is similar to that used in a number if inquests when an unarmed...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reckoning, 17 Mar 2014
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This is an absolutely compelling read. While admirably and comprehensively covering the political and historical background the author creates an absorbing tension around two deeply driven individuals for whom the end justified the means. It is hard to sympathise with either of them but the reader is provided with the most lucid description of their respective rationales, and the ways they explained their approaches to themselves and their supporters.

Fascinating for anyone interested in this period of British and Israeli history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and gripping, I couldn't put this down., 17 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land (Hardcover)
Here is a thoughtful, compelling and very well written account of a true set of events that led to the killing of gang leader Avraham Stern in Palestine during World War 2, and their far reaching consequences. Patrick Bishop gives us a vibrant, meticulously researched and utterly compelling story, which avoids taking sides or trying to steer us to a given conclusion. Instead he leaves us to form our own opinion. Once you start this book, you won't be able to put it down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the reckoning - a compulsive read, 19 Mar 2014
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This review is from: The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land (Hardcover)
The Reckoning is one of the best books I've read for ages. Beautifully written, it tells the story of The Stern Gang in Palestine during the war and specifically of the struggle by their leader, Avraham Stern, a poet and fanatic, to establish the Promised Land for his people, by whatever bloodthirsty means he thinks necessary, including making a deal with either Mussolini or Hitler. Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, of the Palestine Police is detailed to capture him and subdue his followers and the struggle to the death, between him and Avraham reads like a compulsive thriller.
Patrick Bishop's well-researched, clearly told account of this crucial episode in our history is completely unbiased and his lucid prose carries his reader, breathless, to the enigmatic end.
I strongly recommend anyone who is interested today's Israel and all its problems to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Promised Land Thriller, 24 Mar 2014
This review is from: The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land (Hardcover)
Bishop's 'The Reckoning' makes the deeply complex politics of British Mandate Jerusalem not only intelligible, but gives us a story with all the qualities of a first rate thriller. His portraits of the British police detective, Morton and the dandified Zionist poet and terrorist Stern are equally compelling and rendered with an equal sympathy. Not an easy thing to bring off when your subject is literally a mine field: the foundation of modern Israel. Bishop achieves it by concentrating on the details of the men's lives as they approach their final fatal collision. It's a brilliant technique that tells us more about what it was really like for Arabs, Jews, and the British than anything else I've read. Bishop's gift for finding the human dimension in all parties to the conflict elevates him above the ranks of most modern popular historians. In 'The Reckoning' he has created a measured, insightful portrait of Stern, who bears traces of the young Stalin, a whiff of Nietzche, and firmly reminds one of the dangers of writers turning to politics. Mishima, D'Annunzio, Norman Mailer. Make your own list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History at its best, 20 Mar 2014
Patrick Bishop’s extraordinary and stunning tale of an assassination in Mandate Palestine is a wonderful read. Compelling and gripping as a thriller, yet with excellent scholarship. This book explores one of the most controversial periods in British Colonial history. Forced to confront the intractable problem of the Jews and Arabs in Palestine the British had to deal with forces they could not understand. Patrick Bishop has brought to life the story of a young Jewish freedom fighter / terrorist and the man who brought him down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mundane tale with a glorified title, 24 Jun 2014
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The title is misleading, to claim that the death of Stern changed the destiny of the state of Israel is a bridge too far for me. I like this author and the book is ok. The death of Stern is open to several interpretations, and a number of publishers were sued for libel by the officer who shot him. His account is similar to that used in a number if inquests when an unarmed person has been shot either by the police or special forces. They say war makes strange bed fellows and never was it more true that the creation of the state of Israel. Interesting, yes, changing fate no.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History as thriller, 6 May 2014
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Amanda Jenkinson "MandyJ" (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
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This well-written and extremely well-researched book is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Israel, especially of British Mandate Palestine and this particularly fraught and troubled period of British colonial rule. It tells the story of the Stern Gang and their charismatic and fanatical leader Avraham Stern. Born in Poland in 1907, he later moved to Palestine and grew more and more radical, joining the Irgun, a Zionist paramilitary group in 1932, then in 1940 founding his own militant group which the British dubbed the Stern Gang. He was determined to establish the Promised Land by whatever means necessary and his ruthlessness even brought condemnation from his fellow Jews.
Sent to deal with him was Geoffrey Morton of the Palestine Police Force, in his own way as determined and ruthless as Stern himself and their final confrontation has had repercussions that have echoed down the years.
Patrick Bishop clearly and succinctly explains the complicated politics of the era and sets Stern’s trajectory against these chaotic times. Without bias, and in a narrative as exciting as any thriller, he sets out what was in essence a duel between Stern and Morton and the consequences of their final meeting. Some questions will probably always remain unanswered, but Bishop has delved into the archives and spoken to as many people as possible to uncover the truth, and I found this a compelling and convincing historical account, with much to recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars problems in Palestine, 6 May 2014
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A. B. G. Camps "a.b camps" (england) - See all my reviews
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After successfully quelling the Arab revolt in Palestine in the late 1930's the British faced another big problem .The Jewish uprising started with minor acts of terrorism' The leader of one of the dissident groups was Avarham Stern. This book reads like a novel and deals with the last 3 years in the life of Stern and his killing by the British.Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Well Written, 5 April 2014
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This review is from: The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land (Hardcover)
Patrick Bishop has taken an important incident in the story of Israel and produced a real thriller that is hard to put down. Whilst wisely avoiding the wider political questions surrounding the foundation of Israel, Bishop charts the formation of the extremist Stern Group, later known as the Stern Gang. The Gang broke away from the Irgun which in turn had grown out of the Left-leaning and initially more moderate Haganah or Jewish Defence militia. The book focuses on the very interesting duel between Avraham Stern, a Polish refugee, poet, extreme fantasist and leader of the Stern Group and his opponent Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton of the Palestine Police Force (PPF). Morton was the antithesis of Stern in that he believed completely in the fair application of the rule of law to all, and was a highly successful, intelligent and a completely practical detective. The author brings the different strands of the story together, building the tension all the time, to the fatal confrontation between Stern and Morton.
Although not in the slightest controversial at the time, the killing of Stern later generated its own political momentum in the hands of the revisionists. The author reports the different versions of the story without taking sides, leaving the reader to decide for himself on the truth of the matter.
A gripping and well written book which is essential reading for those interested in the history of the Middle East and especially for those who would like some elucidation of the complicated world of the Jewish activist or terrorist movements – depending on your point of view.
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