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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable History with Reproductions of Key Documents
Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the most eminent historians of the modern world, and here he sets out to produce a readable account of the history of the state of Israel, up to its 60th anniversary in 2008. To amplify the story, which of course is incident-packed enough, there are 15 facsimiles of documents and letters which are key to some of the tumultuous events...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thin on history, thick on supplements
Crammed full of pictures, pull out supplements, careful facsimiles of letters, posters, diaries and the Balfour declaration - there is much here to stir the interest. If you had hoped for some ground breaking research from the author or some new insights into Jewish history though I think as I was you'll be largely disappointed. More suitable for internet savvy...
Published on 10 April 2010 by Charles Soper


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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable History with Reproductions of Key Documents, 25 Jun. 2014
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Richard Newbold (Leicestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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Sir Martin Gilbert is one of the most eminent historians of the modern world, and here he sets out to produce a readable account of the history of the state of Israel, up to its 60th anniversary in 2008. To amplify the story, which of course is incident-packed enough, there are 15 facsimiles of documents and letters which are key to some of the tumultuous events described. These range from the Balfour declaration of 1917 to a letter from a young Manchester schoolteacher, Esther Callingold, written from Jerusalem in 1948 as the battle for independence unfolded, and in which she later died. Very readable and immediate in its intention, and thought-provoking for those wishing to learn more about Israel's history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Israel heritage, 28 Oct. 2013
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Very extensive.
Very informative.
Not exactly cheap, but worth while
very good read
It takes quite a while to read and absorb all the history and details.
That is even after I have learnt Israel's history
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5.0 out of 5 stars The story of Israel by Martin Gilbert, 6 Dec. 2009
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A fantastic review of the modern revival of Israel with interesting copies of posters and letters etc that can be folded out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing collection of documents, 12 Feb. 2009
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wow is all i can say.

this book is amazing, it contains replicas of vital documents as well as slightly more personal documents in the run up to the state of israel being created & throughout its 60yr history.

this book is a must have for those of all ages interested in the state of israel, this isn't an indepth study of the country & its origins, its your own personal museum collection of articles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thin on history, thick on supplements, 10 April 2010
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Crammed full of pictures, pull out supplements, careful facsimiles of letters, posters, diaries and the Balfour declaration - there is much here to stir the interest. If you had hoped for some ground breaking research from the author or some new insights into Jewish history though I think as I was you'll be largely disappointed. More suitable for internet savvy (concentration challenged) teenagers and would be tourists to Israel than students of Middle Eastern history - though it has some value for the latter too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 19 Feb. 2015
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A wonderful read.
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