David Ben-Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day. There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira strives to get to the [...]
Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny by Dennis Ross and David Makovskyvk0ib2020-09-01T01:21:17+00:00
Modern Israel's founding fathers provided some of the boldest and most principled leadership of any nation. At a time when the political destiny of Israel is more uncertain than at any moment since its modern founding, Be Strong and of Good Courage celebrates the defining generation of leaders who took on the task of safeguarding [...]
As the State of Israel's first leader, David Ben-Gurion long ago secured his reputation as a leading figure of the twentieth century. Determined from an early age to create a Jewish state, he thereupon took control of the Zionist movement, declared Israel’s independence, and navigated his country through wars, controversies and remarkable achievements. And yet [...]
A major figure in Israeli politics, Yitzhak Shamir chronicles his long career and his fervent belief in Zionism, recounting how he left Poland to join the Jewish underground of Palestine, spent years in the Mossad, and became Prime Minister of Israel.
Gidi Grinstein offers a bird’s eye systemic view of Jewish society, exploring the secret of Jewish survival, resilience, security, prosperity, and leadership during past millennia. Gidi argues that this secret stems from a unique societal hybrid between old and new, tradition and innovation, rigidity and flexibility—Flexigidity. He shows how this hybrid exists in many areas [...]
We Stand Divided examines the history of the troubled relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel, showing that from the outset, the founders of what are now the world’s two largest Jewish communities were responding to different threats and opportunities, and had very different ideas of how to guarantee a Jewish future.
The 1947 UN resolution to partition Palestine irrevocably changed the political landscape of the Middle East, giving rise to six full-fledged wars between Arabs and Jews, countless armed clashes, blockades, and terrorism, as well as a profound shattering of Palestinian Arab society. Its origins, and that of the wider Arab-Israeli conflict, are deeply rooted in [...]
The first full-scale biography of one of the most important—and enigmatic—leaders in Israeli history. This riveting biography is the first to provide a satisfactory answer to the question, Who was Menachem Begin? Based on wide-ranging research among archival documents and on testimonials and interviews with Begin's closest advisers, the book presents a detailed new portrait [...]
During and shortly after World War II, six young emissaries of the revisionist-Zionist "Irgun" military movement in Palestine revolutionized the American Jewish and Zionist scene. Judith Baumel provides the complete story of the role the Bergson group played in raising American public consciousness of Jewish and Zionist concerns. After founding a series of pro-Zionist and [...]
Every Individual, a King: The Social and Political Thought of Ze’Ev Vladimir Jabotinsky by Raphaella Bilski Ben-Hurvk0ib2020-09-08T22:57:32+00:00
Discussion about Jabotinsky's political, social and economic thought. Analysis of his relationship to liberal democracy, social and economic policy, leadership, army and militarism, discipline and ceremony, the principle of majority rule, the individual, race, nation and humanity. Investigation of Jabotinsky's Zionist thought: the nation and the Jewish race, connection between the Jewish people and the [...]