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on 10 December 2010
As some of the other reviewers have pointed out,this is unsatisying as history.Gilbert is generally pro-Zionist(nothing wrong with that,he does not pretend to be otherwise)but so much of the book is reduced to a chronology,not a history.
The lack of feetnotes and references is a bit glaring too.He shines in the chapters about the Yom Kippur war in 1973,when he happened to be visting Israel and interweaves his own experiences with the more general history.These chapters are,it must be said,the exception to most of the rest of the book.Gilbert has written much better histories than this.
If you want a much better pro-Zionist history,try "A History of Israel" by Howard Zachar.I wouldn't recommend Gilbert's "Israel" to somebody new to either Israeli or Middle east history.