- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Verso Books (12 Oct. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185984040X
- ISBN-13: 978-1859840405
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,844,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Image and Reality: Israel-Palestine Conflict Paperback – 12 Oct 1995
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.".. this thoroughly documented book is guaranteed to stimulate and provoke. It will be required reading in the continuing war of the historians."--William Quandt, "Foreign Affairs".".. the most revealing study of the historical background of the conflict and the current peace agreement."--Noam Chomsky, "Guardian Weekly".".. a comprehensive critique of the Zionist premises of Israeli historical writing ... new interpretations of the origins of the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israel wars ..."--"Middle East Report".".. a thought-provoking work which calls into question many accepted 'truths' associated with the Israel-Palestine conflict."--"Middle East Journal""Here is a book not to be missed."--"Le Monde Diplomatique".".. both an impressive analysis of Zionist ideology and a searing but scholarly attack on Israel's treatment of the Arab's since 1948."--Lord Ian Gilmour, "London Review of Books".".. hard-hitting and iconoclastic, but with ... arguments securely buttressed by thorough and comprehensive research."--"Middle East International".".. well-documented, scholarly ... a valuable addition to any collection on the Israel-Palestine conflict."--"The Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine".".. will challenge the most cherished beliefs of Israel's supporters ..."--"The Royal Institute of International Affairs".".. one of the best and boldest critical works on the Israel-Palestine conflict."--"Millennium (Journal of International Studies)"
About the Author
Norman G. Finkelstein is the author of "A Nation on Trial" (with Ruth Bettina Birn), named a notable book for 1998 by the "New York Times Book Review," and "Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict."
Top Customer Reviews
It can be seen, therefore, that criticising Finkelstein for having an "agenda" is beside the point. It's never very to the point anyway, since everybody who writes a book about anything whatever has an agenda, in that they have something that they want to say about the subject. Finkelstein's agenda is simply open for anyone to see. This book also contains his relatively brief and offhand dismissal of Michael Oren's "Six Days of June", which is interesting partly because that book is often cited as an "objective" history of the Six Day War, and Finkelstein doesn't find it difficult to prove that it is nothing of the sort, being heavily biased in favour of the Israeli side.
He performs an essential public service, and has been vilified and slandered for doing so.Read more ›
the Israel-Palestine conflict. He is not a dispassionate historian/scholar
nor does he pretend to be. He dedicates the book to his parents,
survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and the Nazi extermination camps:
"May I never forget or forgive what was done to them."
Finkelstein's keen intellect is breathtaking. His painstaking research
which supports the evidence how the "reality" of the causes of the
conflict is vastly different than the "image" presented to us by the media
is a marvel to behold.
My favorite chapters in the book are chapters 2 and 4.
In Chapter 2, he discusses Joan Peters book "From Time Immemorial"
and masterfully exposes it as a hoax. The crux of Peters' thesis was
that "Palestine was, literally, 'uninhabited' on the eve of the Zionist
colonization; and that if the Arab population did not materialize, literally,
ex nihilo in Palestine, it did surreptitiously enter to exploit the economic
opportunities that the Jews created when they made the 'desert bloom'." By that logic, most Palestinians were not even there in 1948 to be expelled from their homes.
The fact that such a threadbare hoax can be published in this country
is not surprising. But the fact that this book received accolades from
journalists and scholars alike, from such luminaries as Daniel Pipes,
Sidney Zion, Holocaust historian Lucy Dawidowicz, and Nobel
peace prize laureate Elie Wiesel, speaks volumes about the American
commissar culture.Read more ›
propaganda theories that have been peddled as truth, and
are now accepted as the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is concise and very well researched. An
essential read for anyone who is interested in the history of this conflict.
Dr. Finkelstein's bold and very thorough analysis does an outstanding job at dissecting most of the greatest myths about the Palestine/Israel conflict. He covers the entire conflict, starting with the reasons for creating a Jewish state in the first place, the real source of Palestinian resistance to the creation of such a state (the fear of expulsion and/or oppression), and Israel's cunning ability to exploit narrow historical opportunities in order to expand its state.
I heard there were efforts to silence this book, and after reading it, I perfectly understand why- it exposes several parts of the American intellectual community as complete frauds.
15 years on, this book remains remarkably relevant to what's going on today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Your search for the truth about this sickening subject is finally over.Published 16 months ago by Abdal-Kareem Wright
I think with so many books written blatantly in favour of Israel it is refreshing to find an excellent unbaised and constructive account of the conflict.Published on 24 Jan. 2011 by aya
With this excellent analysis of many of the myths surrounding the Israel-palestine conflict, Prof Finkelstein demonstrates quite clearly that Ben-Gurion had been correct all along,... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2009 by RepublicanStones
There's not too much to add to the others who have highly praised this book.
Finkelstein is a master debunker and this book is a work of masterful debunking. Read more
This book offers a comprehensive overlook to the ideas and ideology behind the foundation of Israel. Dr. Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2009 by A.K
Has anyone noticed how so many "reviewers" of books on the Israeli/Arab conflict (oddly not any other) are described as "A reader": for example this title - 7/8; "Myths and Facts:... Read morePublished on 18 May 2007 by Amazon Bookworm
This is an interesting and fresh summary critiquing some of the historical works on Israel/Palestine and Finkelstein’s eloquent style is convincing. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2006
The best thing I can say about this book is that it is well written. Finkelstein approaches his analysis with a definite agenda, and never loses his focus. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 1999