By Sir Martin Gilbert
Israel is a small and relatively young country, but its turbulent history has placed it squarely at the center of the world stage for most of this century. For two millennia the Jews, dispersed all over the world, prayed for a return to Zion. Until the 19th century, that dream seemed a fantasy, but then a secular Zionist movement was born and soon the initial trickle of Jewish immigrants to Palestine turned into a flood as Jews fled persecution in Europe.
From these beginnings, Martin Gilbert traces the events and personalities that would lead to the sudden, dramatic declaration of statehood in May 1948. From that point on, Israel's history has been dominated by conflict: Suez, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Lebanon War and the Intifada. Using contemporary documents and eyewitness accounts and drawing on his own intimate knowledge of the country and its people, Martin Gilbert weaves together a seamless, page-turning history of a powerful and proud nation.
About the Author
Sir Martin Gilbert, the author of many historical works, was appointed official biographer of Sir Winston Churchill in 1968. He wrote six of the eight volumes of the "Landmark Biographical" series and also compiled 10 volumes of Churchill documents. In addition, he is the author of a definitive history of the Holocaust, a series of 12 historical atlases and comprehensive studies of both World War I and World War II. He is married with three children and lives in London. Since 1962, he has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (an Honorary Fellow since 1994). He was knighted in 1995.
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