The Super Fun Kids' Graphic Novel Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | September 21, 2015

    Annie Jacobsen: IMG Mirrors on the Moon: A Reporter's Story about Sources and Secrets in the Modern World

    As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, security, and secrets. The question most commonly asked of me is, "How do you get... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
New Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
25 Remote Warehouse Religion Western- Jewish History

This title in other editions

Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews


Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Operation Solomon" was one of the most remarkable rescue efforts in modern history, in which more than 14,000 Ethiopian Jews were airlifted to Israel in little more than a day. Now, in this riveting volume, Stephen Spector offers the definitive account of this incredible story, based on over 200 interviews and exclusive access to confidential documents.

Written with the pace and immediacy of a novel, here is the dramatic story of the rescue of the dark-skinned Jews of Ethiopia. Spector recounts how 20,000 Jews were willingly lured from their ancestral villages to Addis Ababa, expecting to be taken quickly from there to the Holy Land. Instead, they became pawns in a struggle between the Israeli government and Ethiopia's repressive dictator, who tried to coerce Israel into selling him weapons he needed in a losing war against rebel armies. In the resulting stalemate, the Jewish community was forced to live for nearly a year in squalid hovels, vulnerable to the dangers of the city, including crime and HIV. Worse yet, the imminent collapse of Addis Ababa, with the rebels closing in on the capital, raised the threat of bloody street fighting or even a genocidal attack on the Jews, a small minority in a nation that is primarily Christian and Muslim. Spector describes the tense negotiations among Israelis, Ethiopians, and Americans, which became increasingly urgent as time ran low and the danger mounted. And he highlights the secret deals and sudden setbacks that nearly aborted the mission at the eleventh hour, even as Israeli jets sat on the runway in Ethiopia, waiting to take the Jews to the land for which they had yearned for generations.

Recounting the full story for the first time, Operation Solomon is a stirring account of a heroic rescue achieved in the face of daunting odds.

Book News Annotation:

With Israel's recent pledge to rescue the remaining 15,000 Ethiopian Jews by 2007, this account of the daring May 1991 airlift of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to the promised land is timely. Drawing on interviews with Operation Solomon participants and confidential files, Spector (English, State U. of New York, Stony Brook) recounts their history, the secret negotiations to let this persecuted people go, and ongoing questions about their Jewish status as they adjust to life in Israel. He includes photos and emigration statistics.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Stephen Spector is Professor of English at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. A specialist in Christian religious literature, in Jewish and Christian perceptions of one another, and in anti-Semitism, he has been a Visiting Scholar at Hebrew University, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and Senior Research Fellow at Wesleyan University.

Product Details

Spector, Stephen
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Stephen
Middle East - Israel
Jewish - General
Africa - East - Ethiopia
Theology | Judaism
Religion and Theology - Judaism
Jews - Ethiopia - History - 20th century
Operation Solomon, 1991.
Religion & Theology | Judaism
Religion Western-Jewish History
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
25 halftones
6.2 x 9.1 x 1.2 in 1.388 lb

Other books you might like

  1. Bogs, Baths, and Basins Used Hardcover $11.50
  2. The Conquest of Abyssinia: Futuh Al...
    New Trade Paper $36.25
  3. Hate George Lincoln Rockwell & the Ameri Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Africa » Ethiopia
History and Social Science » Middle East » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Africa
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Judaism » History
Religion » Judaism » Jewish History

Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$90.95 In Stock
Product details 320 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195177824 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at