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ISBN13: 9780805058963
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The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

The founding of Israel in 1948one of the seminal events of the centuryoffers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the states leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confrontand divideIsraeli society.

“Required reading for all who want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Segevs book provides the best analysis I have seen of the problems of trying to integrate so many people from such diverse cultures into one political body.”The New York Times Book Review

"A landmark book . . . Necessary reading for anyone interested in the past and future of the Middle East."San Francisco Chronicle

"A fascinating read . . . told with acid compassion."The New York Review of Books

"Understanding the present demands an honest confrontation with the past. 1949 makes a major contribution to understanding."Los Angeles Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

About the Author

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

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Angela Wilson, August 14, 2007 (view all comments by Angela Wilson)
Segev, a journalist, has produced a history of the people and the newly created state of Israel that is an excellent (and at times, funny), accessible and vigorous portrayal of the early years of the new nation.

He discusses at length Israel's struggle to absorb the hundreds of thousands of Jews being brought into the country--creating homes, schools, jobs, and successfully (or not) integrating the newcomers into Israeli society. He also provides a good summary of the benefits to Israel of the Six Day War.

I imagine, however, that some Israel Jews (and possibly Jews elsewhere) would prefer that Segev's book wasn't available, as it punctures several long-held myths about the state and Jewish Israelis. He shows, for example, that the nation's efforts to "ingather the exiles" was actually an attempt (and a successful one) to build up as soon as possible Israel's population. And Segev details the blatant racism that valued European Jewish immigration over that from other nations, especially North Africans, who were considered lower-quality "human material."

This is a good read, and good history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780805058963
Translator:
Weinstein, Arlen Neal
Introduction:
Weinstein, Arlen Neal
Translator:
Weinstein, Arlen Neal
Translator:
Weinstein, Arlen N.
Author:
Segev, Tom
Author:
Weinstein, Arlen N.
Publisher:
Owl Books (NY)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
Ethnic relations
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Israel Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Israel History 1948-1967.
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Number:
1st Owl books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.89 in 1.03 lb

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The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

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