O Jerusalem! Paperback – 1 May 1988
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"A monumental work!"
-- "Cleveland Press"
"Moving, fascinating, informative.... No other book on this subject...comes close to O Jerusalem!"
-- "Los Angeles Times"
"It reads like a whodunit, and you turn page after page to see what happens next....The pace is so swift, the drama so heightened by alternating flashes of tragedy and comedy that one has to stop frequently to catch one's breath and marvel."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
"A remarkable book...a history that not only clarifies the military and political events of the war but brings its human dimensions vividly to life."
-- "The National Observer"
"A story as dramatic, as miraculous, as full of wonders as any ever told."
-- "The New York Times Book Review"
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Here is the classic retelling of the spellbinding events of the birth of Israel.See all Product Description
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What you get is a gripping step by step story of who did what and when. I have no idea where they got such detailed information, or even how accurate it is, but regardless it makes for a great read. I would like the book to have gone on further and covered later events, but it never promised this so I can not complain.
Over all this is a great historical account. Certainly worth reading to lift some of the fog around partition, and its bloody events.
The depth of preparation by the Zionists can only be described as amazing. The one factor that the Palestinians missed is that for the Jews there was nowhere else to go after the Holocaust. A very well educated former German population had lost everything so they were ripe for a fresh start some where else and Palestine was the only viable option. The motivation of the Jews was bound to be the stronger of the two.
At the same time the British were having to face up to the reality that they were not the world power that they formerly thought that they were. Whatever the British sympathy for the Arabs it would be no match for the Jewish international organisation and the secret weapon of Rothschild's bank in America.
The book itself didn't seem to be particularly partisan towards either side and seems an accurate record of the final days of colonial empire in the Middle East and the foundation of a modern nation. A very good read.about a city that almost by accident had became the focus of the three of the worlds major religions.
Part 1: A Time To Mourn And A Time To Dance covers the UN decision in favour of partition, the Arab reaction, some background history - ancient Israel as well as the British Mandate period - and the various missions by both sides to procure arms.
Part 2: A House Divided, deals with the beginning of hostilities and unrest in the city, the deteriorating situation on the Tel Aviv- Jerusalem road, various horrific bombings of certain landmark buildings, the intensifying struggle for the city and the different Arab forces involved in the war.
Part 3: A City Besieged, concentrates on the harrowing struggle to hang on to the Jewish quarter of the old city from March 20 to May 13 of 1948. It includes an account of the tragic events at the village of Deir Yassin, the veracity of which is still in dispute today.
Part 4: These Shall Stand describes the movements of the various Arab forces and the Jewish response. It provides details of the Arab Legion attack on the city, Jewish counterattacks, the battle of Latrun, the loss of the Jewish quarter in the old city, and the building of a new road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Finally Israel was established but it would only regain the old city in 1967.
The Epilogue looks at the aftermath of the war of independence and takes stock of the terrible losses.Read more ›
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A careful and moving account of the joys and tragedies as Arab and Jew fought over the city of Jerusalem, old and new, in 1947-8. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. W. Stammers
If you think that the state of Israel came about by chance read this book. Jerusalem is destigned to be the city of the great King and nobody else will ever bring peacePublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
top, research, writing and subject....but especially the subject.....what a very special nation in terms of their history.Published 23 months ago by Timothy Day
Like the book "Freedom at Midnight" this is another part of history to be shared. I have now become a great collector of all their books as they are so good, riveting your... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by Anna Parkinson
iThis book seems to be an excellent and unbiased account of the past struggle over the city of Jerusalem, a struggle that has not abated !!Published on 25 Jan. 2013 by Prof Samuel Olobaniyi
For anyone wishing to get an understanding of the complexity of the Arab/Israeli problem and the outside infulences which have affected it this book provides an excellent basis. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2011 by jerseyd
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