• by Daniel Gordis
  • Narrated by Fred Sanders
  • 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem.
Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?
We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel's history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people's story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse - but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel's deepening isolation.
With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on Israel's past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.


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Superb Historical Treatise

From the genesis of the Zionism to current times, the good and the bad, this book covers it all. It may have been a littlethin on detailing the most recent political differences, but the book did everything I wanted. Cleary it lived up to its award winning status.
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- Jeffry

An Excellent History of Israel

This is an excellent history of the founding of the Jewish State and it's struggles and triumphs into the 21st century. Mr. Gordis does a nice job of weaving history, characters, culture and context into his narrative. His story of the interplay of the Israeli leaders is fascinating as is his connecting the dots from 19th Century Zionism to the creation of Israel. That being said, his view of the Iran nuclear deal orchestrated by the United States seems flawed. From his perspective this is a colossal failure in the view of all Israelis exposing them to a future state with a nuclear bomb destined to be pointed at Israel. That is not necessarily accurate, but that is a small part of this superb book.
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- Michael Friedman

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-18-2016
  • Publisher: HarperAudio