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The Story of Israel Hardcover – 7 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Andre Deutsch Ltd; 01 edition (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0233002103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0233002101
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 3.8 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Sir Martin Gilbert is the official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill and one of the world's leading experts on Jewish history. He has written numerous books on the subject and been a visiting professor at both Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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