A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel Paperback – 19 Aug 2010
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
"Robin Shepherd...explains that Europe's pacifism is not, despite what it likes to believe, a symptom of maturity, but of tiredness, nihilism and suicide. Europeans no longer believe in Europe, they are not prepared to fight for it, and they are unwilling to believe that its enemies are willing to destroy it. So had the Nazis not faced the golden generation but instead the bed-wetter generation, how would history have spanned out?" (TELEGRAPH.CO.UK - 7.09.09)
"Shepherd's well-documented, elegantly written and powerfully argued book is a must-read for anyone interested in this subject" (STANDPOINT - 1.10.09)
"very readable, uncompromising and heartfelt book...he should be praised for going against the grain of elite opinion in providing a small antidote to the arsenic that all too often passes for legitimate debate on Israel in today's Europe." (Rory Miller is Professor at King's College, London SUNDAY BUSINESS POST 27.09.09)
"meticulously documented, cogently argued, and brilliantly illuminated book.... This is the best book on the Middle East conflict to appear in years, albeit one deeply disquieting for friends of Israel. It should be compulsory reading for all professing interest or expertise on the subject." (David Conway, senior research fellow at Civitas THE JEWISH CHRONICLE 06.09.09)
"a chilling but outstanding analysis of why Europe has turned against Israel, which I commend as essential reading for anyone engaged in Jewish advocacy" (JERUSALEM POST)
"The aim of this book is to trace the roots of the rising hostility to Israel within Europe... The book's central questions are where does all this anti-Israel bias stem from and is it really justified?" (GOOD BOOK GUIDE 01.10.09) --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.
An informative and provocative study of the roots of anti-Israeli sentiment in Europe.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Both these statements are patently ridiculous and defamatory. The word `bullying' implies the successful use of force upon a weaker person to achieve an unjustified result. What `force' is it that `elements of the Jewish Community' used on Mary Robinson (and on Desmond Tutu who she also mentioned)? And did Israel surround Broadcasting House with tanks?Read more ›
Sheppard is an immensely creative writer, never once needing to 'cry wolf' and settle for the label 'antisemite' as defence. He looks at a broad range of arguments from journalists, writers and politicians when discussing Israel, and builds his case very convincingly for what is fair, and unfair criticism of Israel. He steers clear of so much of the 'political speak' when encountering this subject, he simply analyses in simple language and provides excellent comparisons for anti-Israel arguments; this makes his arguments all the more powerful and thought-provoking.
This is not so much a book about Israel then, more the reactions to it.
Quite interestingly, and probably quite indicative of the arguments relating to Israel, is the preface and introduction, both of which are 51 pages long (out of a 310 page book). However, this by no means reading 51 pages before getting to the heart of the matter. From the first page Shepherd wastes no time in getting down to business saying 'Arguments relating to this subject very quickly become personal; arguments should be judged on their own merits, not on who's making them.' And in this way the book continues. I had quite forgotten what part of the book I was reading before turning the page and seeing "Chapter 1". It's fair to say this is an engrossing read!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I already had a fair understanding of the problems in the Middle East. This book, however, gave me an astute insight into the topic. Read morePublished 20 months ago by colin price
outstanding and brave defence of the most hated country on earth, facts replace emotions and sensationalism, truth exposes propaganda. Read morePublished on 23 April 2014 by Captain Mission
I bought this book with the hope and expectation that it would be something different from the partisan pieces so often published about Israel/Palestine, but from the outset, it... Read morePublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by The man who never was
The title of the book is of course a play on words, the Pale being that area of (western) Imperial Russia (now largely in what is now Belorus) where Jews before 1917 were, at least... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2011 by Ian Millard
This extremely well written and researched book should be the bible for anyone who wants to understand the Israel/Palestinian conflict and to base their judgement on truth rather... Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by JoyWol
There's no doubt Shepherd's book is a good read, and for that alone I recommend it, however it's obvious from the introduction that he has little, if any, interest in the... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2010 by D. Stevenson
The relentless torrent of anti-Israel propaganda turned out by leftist and liberal European media during the past two decades is finally bearing loads of toxic fruit. Read morePublished on 29 Nov. 2009 by Peter Uys
Look for similar items by category
- Books > History > Countries & Regions > Asia > Middle East > Israel
- Books > History > Countries & Regions > Asia > Middle East > Palestine
- Books > History > Europe
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > International Relations
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > Political Science & Ideology