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a true balance
on 8 August 2006
I am no expert on the topic of this book but I have three things I'd like to say which others may find helpful.
1. Notice the first two reviews are written by someone answering to the name D. Roberts. Maybe these are the same person and he is a friend of the author. Notice how the second reads like publisher's blurb. If my suspicions are correct, and I've noticed this before on Amazon, perhaps it would be a good idea for authors and publishers to stop wasting our time with this.
2. This book is hardly balanced. At one point, when the UN proposes its 1948 borders, the Jews are a persecuted minority of untrained farmer-soldiers facing the combined forces of the entire arab world attempting to drive them into the sea. Despite this, they manage not only to fend off these overwhelming forces but to win territory even beyond what they were defending. I wondered for a long time how that made sense. I'm still wondering.
3. I noticed a pattern of personalizing the Jewish victims of Arab attacks while leaving the attacks on Palestinians bare. So, for example, a Jew will be killed while bringing in the hay or whatever, while a Palestinian will simply be killed. This is not consistent with objectivity and balance.
In conclusion, this is worth reading for me as a novice because it is map-based and I am hoping to find a broad outline of the main events so that I can go on and discover elsewhere all the details tendentiously omitted from this slim volume. My hunch is this is a standard pro-zionist account against which other accounts can be compared for a true balance.