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The Moral Lives of Israelis: Reinventing the Dream State

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The Moral Lives of Israelis explores the last ten years of life in Israel, a sixty-one-year-old country that has never not been in a state of war. The last words given to David Berlin by his father, a Sabra who had fought for Israel's independence, were not words of love for his son and his grandchildren, but this command: "Look after my little country." These words set off a huge voyage of exploration and remembrance for Berlin.

     The result is a thrilling blend of memoir, reportage and original thinking on the place of Israel in the world. The fundamental question that floats over every page of this passionate book is, with so many missteps and in a region deeply fraught with antagonism, racism and misunderstanding, how can Israel move forward? After many dead ends and twists and turns, it is the nineteenth-century visionary father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, who ultimately sparks Berlin's dream for Israel in the twenty-first century--it is Herzl's insistence on a secular and cosmopolitan state that Berlin sees as a way to move beyond.

     David Berlin's brave inquiry brings a startling new perspective to a question that resonates well beyond the borders of Israel.

About the Author

DAVID BERLIN is an Israeli-born journalist and editor who grew up in Canada but returned for a time to live in Israel. He served his military duty in Ariel Sharon's reconnaissance unit, Sayeret Shaked, and took part in Sharon's Suez campaign. After attending medical school at Tel-Aviv University, he graduated from the University of Chicago's programme on social and political thought, and taught at several universities. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, the Literary Review of Canada, the Globe and Mail, the National Post and Haaretz newspaper, among others. He lives in Toronto. The author lives in Toronto, ON.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307356307
Author:
Berlin, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books Canada
Subject:
Israel
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.19 x 0.86 in 0.66 lb

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History and Social Science » World History » Middle East

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