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on 27 February 2009
This is my first review! I enjoyed this book because it is exceptionally well written, judicious and,
instead of pretending to some kind of academic objectivity, the 82 year old author puts
himself very much in the picture in his long Prologemon. His story takes Israel from 1920
to the present day, and he was born in Luxembourg in 1926, a Jew of the Western diaspora.
In 1936, as Europe's picture darkened for the Jews, his parents considered emigrating to Palestine
as it then was, but changed their minds when they learned of the anti-colonial revolt that was in progress
against the British rulers. In 1940 they fled Luxembourg for New York. It is an extraordinarily compelling
account of the early debates within the Zionist movement up to 1948, a diplomatic history of Zionism's
victory, and Israel's relationship with the Palestinian nationalist movement and the Arab world. If you are looking for a history of Israel's domestic political and social history, this is not the book you want,
however. If you are looking for a Zionist history of Zionism, it isn't that either. It's the diaspora Jew's
history of Israel that the world has been waiting for, the outsider's view of an insiders' movement. For this
reason alone, its relative impartiality, the book is a superb, if disenchanted read.
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