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Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713997753
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713997750
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bregman tells this bleak story well, and what a catalogue of grief it is ... A damning verdict (Max Hastings Sunday Times)

Bregman has also enjoyed unparalleled access to high-level sources that enabled him to quote directly from top-secret memos, letters, and intelligence reports that are unlikely ever to be made public ... Bregman's account of the conflict born of the cursed victory is intelligent, informative and rich in telling details. (Avi Shlaim Guardian)

The headlines notwithstanding, this is not primarily a book about who spied on whom. It is the best available book on the Israeli occupation of the Territories and why it should be ended ASAP; and one written with the kind of lucidity and insight only somebody who passionately loves his country can muster (Martin van Creveld)

A bombshell book... The nuggets provided in Bregman's book shed light on the extent of Israel's intelligence collection agencies' work not only in times of war, but also as Israel engaged with its neighbors in peace talks.... Bregman has a flair for exposing sensational details kept in secret by all parties for years (The Jewish Daily Forward)

Israeli intelligence eavesdropped on phone calls between President Bill Clinton and Syria's late strongman Hafez al-Assad during sensitive Middle East peace negotiations 15 years ago... Evidence is cited in verbatim transcripts of the calls revealed by political scientist and author Ahron Bregman in his forthcoming book Cursed Victory (Jeff Stein Newsweek)

Lucid ... timely ... Bregman has assets which lift this account above many on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One is access to some hitherto secret material ... [Cursed Victory is] a highly readable study, an excellent starting point for those wanting to know more about how military victory turned into a tragedy (Donald MacIntyre The Independent)

Explosive.... [Bregman's] insight into the tragedy of post Six-Day-War Israel, which the title encapsulates in two words, is impeccable (Mira Bar Hillel The Oldie)

Although only nine years old in 1967, [Bregman's] insight into the tragedy of Israel after the Six Day War is impeccable (Independent Mira Bar Hillel)

Detailed and well thought-out... A former Israeli soldier in Lebanon, Mr Bregman knows his subject first-hand. In 1988 he left Israel, unhappy about the country's policy towards the Palestinians. As an academic at King's College London, he has accumulated copious documents, many of them secret and unpublished (Economist)

The definitive chronicle of how Israel's control over Palestinian life has transformed from a temporary system to a fully functioning colonial administration... Cursed Victory excels in unpacking exactly how Israel's administration of the occupation has adapted over five decades to ensure its continuation (The National (UAE))

Cursed Victory is briskly written ... [An] incisive, thoroughly documented and readable account (Adam Lebor Literary Review)

A well-researched, probing book. It is the work of a man troubled by his country's policies and the dilemmas with which those policies have saddled the people of Israel. The detail he has gleaned from often highly classified sources is fascinating and thought-provoking (The Australian)

The cry of an anguished conscience and a work of scholarship based on hitherto undisclosed material. The revelations are stunning (Frontline)

An intelligent, critical account... The book utilises to good effect unpublished intelligence files, transcripts of telephone calls and interviews with the many protagonists (The Jewish Chronicle)

Clear, accessible, readable ... Important, valuable and sober (Tribune)

His analysis is fair .... His excellent, meticulously researched book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what occupation has done to Israel as well as to its neighbours (Jeremy Bowen New Statesman)

About the Author

Ahron Bregman is a UK-based political scientist of Israeli origin, as well as a writer and journalist, specialising on the Arab-Israeli conflict.


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