1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

Yale University Press - Throughout, he examines the dialectic between the war's military and political developments and highlights the military impetus in the creation of the refugee problem, which was a by-product of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The arab side―where the archives are still closed―is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials.

Morris stresses the jihadi character of the two-stage Arab assault on the Jewish community in Palestine. Morris looks both at high politics and general staff decision-making processes and at the nitty-gritty of combat in the successive battles that resulted in the emergence of the State of Israel and the humiliation of the Arab world, a humiliation that underlies the continued Arab antagonism toward Israel.

1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War - Yale University Press. This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is groundbreaking, objective, and deeply revisionist. Benny morris probes the motives and aims of the protagonists on the basis of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. A riveting account of the military engagements, it also focuses on the war's political dimensions.

The book thoroughly investigates the role of the Great Powers―Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union―in shaping the conflict and its tentative termination in 1949.





Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

Presidio Press - A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative,  Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation. Praise for six Days of War“Powerful. New york times bestseller • the first comprehensive account of the epoch-making six-Day War, from the author of Ally—now featuring a fiftieth-anniversary retrospective Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended.

. What makes this book important is the breadth and depth of the research. The new york times book Review “A first-rate new account of the conflict. The washington post “The definitive history of the Six-Day War. Oren’s narrative is precise but written with great literary flair. And the balance of power changed—in the Middle East and in the world.

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East - A highly readable, even gripping account of the 1967 conflict.





The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East

Schocken - After almost overrunning the Golan Heights, the Syrian attack is broken in desperate battles. Presidio Press. We learn of two egyptian nationals, working separately for the mossad, who supplied israel with key information that helped change the course of the war; of Defense Minister Moshe Dayan’s proposal for a nuclear “demonstration” to warn off the Arabs; and of Chief of Staff David Elazar’s conclusion on the fifth day of battle that Israel could not win.

Schocken. An updated edition that sheds new light on one of the most dramatic reversals of military fortune in modern history. The easing of israeli military censorship after four decades has enabled Abraham Rabinovich to offer fresh insights into this fiercest of Israel-Arab conflicts. A surprise arab attack on two fronts on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, with Israel’s reserves un-mobilized, euphoria in the Arab world, triggered apocalyptic visions in Israel, and fraught debates on both sides.

The Yom Kippur War: The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East - Newly available transcripts enable us to follow the decision-making process in real time from the prime minister’s office to commanders studying maps in the field. And as israel regains its psychological balance, General Ariel Sharon leads a nighttime counterattack across the Suez Canal through a narrow hole in the Egyptian line -- the turning point of the war.

Rabinovich, who covered the war for The Jerusalem Post,  draws on extensive interviews and primary source material to shape his enthralling narrative.





Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001

Vintage - A new york times notable bookat a time when the middle east has come closer to achieving peace than ever before, eminent Israeli historian Benny Morris explodes the myths cherished by both sides to present an epic history of Zionist-Arab relations over the past 120 years. Presidio Press. Morris offers distinctive accounts of each of the subsequent Israeli-Arab wars and details the sporadic peace efforts in between, culminating in the peace process initiated by the Rabin Government.

Schocken. Tracing the roots of political zionism back to the pogroms of Russia and the Dreyfus Affair, Morris describes the gradual influx of Jewish settlers into Palestine and the impact they had on the Arab population. Following the holocaust, the first arab-israeli war of 1948 resulted in the establishment of the State of Israel, but it also shattered Palestinian Arab society and gave rise to a massive refugee problem.

Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001 - In a new afterword to the vintage edition, he examines Ehud Barak’s leadership, and Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon, the death of President Assad of Syria, and the recent renewed conflict with the Palestinians. Studded with illuminating portraits of the major protagonists, Righteous Victims provides an authoritative record of the middle east and its continuing struggle toward peace.





Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn

Ecco - Though israel’s history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. With israel, public intellectual daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present.

Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? more pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel’s people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.

Accessible, and rigorous, levelheaded, Israel sheds light on the Israel’s past so we can understand its future. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people’s story and the creation of the state. Winner of the jewish book of the year awardthe first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" The Forward living and writing in Jerusalem.

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn - Israel is a tiny state, and lately, aroused its imagination, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, been the object of its opprobrium. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse—but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel’s deepening isolation.

Schocken. Presidio Press.





The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Oneworld Publications - Oneworld Publications. Decisively debunking the myth that the palestinian population left of their own accord in the course of this war, from its very inception, Ilan Pappe offers impressive archival evidence to demonstrate that, a central plank in Israel’s founding ideology was the forcible removal of the indigenous population.

Between 1947 and 1949, civilians were massacred and around a million men, over 400 Palestinian villages were deliberately destroyed, women, and children were expelled from their homes at gunpoint. Denied for almost six decades, had it happened today it could only have been called "ethnic cleansing". Schocken.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine - Presidio Press. Indispensable for anyone interested in the current crisis in the Middle East. Renowned israeli historian, Ilan Pappe's groundbreaking book revisits the formation of the State of Israel.





City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

W. W. Norton & Company - Schocken. Through intimate personal interviews and generations-old memoirs, and diaries, letters, Adam LeBor gives us a crucial look at the human lives behind the headlines―and a vivid narrative of cataclysmic change.16 pages of photographs; 3 maps Presidio Press. A profoundly human take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen through the eyes of six families, three Arab and three Jewish.

The millennia-old port of jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, was once known as the "Bride of Palestine, " one of the truly cosmopolitan cities of the Mediterranean. There muslims, jews, and christians lived, worked, and celebrated together―and it was commonplace for the Arabs of Jaffa to attend a wedding at the house of the Jewish Chelouche family or for Jews and Arabs to both gather at the Jewish spice shop Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery.

City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa - . Oneworld Publications.





My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

Spiegel & Grau - Oneworld Publications. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the israeli condition, my promised Land asks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? Can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, My Promised Land uses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present.

Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. The least tendentious book about Israel I have ever read. Leon wieseltier, the new york Times Book Review   “Spellbinding. Schocken. Shavit’s accomplishment is so unlikely, so total. That it makes you believe anything is possible, God help us, even, peace in the Middle East.

My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel - Simon schama, financial Times  “A must-read book. Thomas L. Friedman’s groundbreaking from beirut to Jerusalem has a book captured the essence and the beating heart of the Middle East as keenly and dynamically as My Promised Land. We meet shavit’s great-grandfather, transformed masada from the neglected ruins of an extremist sect into a powerful symbol for zionism; the palestinian who as a young man in 1948 was driven with his family from his home during the expulsion from lydda; the immigrant orphans of Europe’s Holocaust, in the only interview he ever gave; the zealous religious Zionists who started the settler movement in the 1970s; the dot-com entrepreneurs and young men and women behind Tel-Aviv’s booming club scene; and today’s architects of Israel’s foreign policy with Iran, a British Zionist who in 1897 visited the Holy Land on a Thomas Cook tour and understood that it was the way of the future for his people; the idealist young farmer who bought land from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s to grow the Jaffa oranges that would create Palestine’s booming economy; the visionary youth group leader who, in the 1940s, who took on menial work and focused on raising their children to become the leaders of the new state; the pragmatic engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel’s nuclear program in the 1960s, whose nuclear threat looms ominously over the tiny country.





The Case for Israel

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - Schocken. The case for israel is an ardent defense of Israel's rights, supported by indisputable evidence. Oneworld Publications. Presidio Press. Spiegel Grau. Wiley TP. Presents a passionate look at what Israel's accusers and detractors are saying about this war-torn country. Dershowitz accuses those who attack Israel of international bigotry and backs up his argument with hard facts.

Widely respected as a civil libertarian, and defense attorney extraordinaire, legal educator, Alan Dershowitz has also been a passionate though not uncritical supporter of Israel.





Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel

Algonquin Books - Oneworld Publications. Spiegel Grau. Piercing. The new york times book review award-winning writer matti friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, clandestine meetings, including duplicity, disguise, the bluff, betrayal, and the double bluff—but it’s all true.

Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel--but it’s all true. The four agents at the center of this story were part of a ragtag unit known as the Arab Section, conceived during World War II by British spies and Jewish militia leaders in Palestine.

Spies of No Country: Secret Lives at the Birth of Israel - Wiley TP. Presidio Press. Of the dozen spies in the Arab Section at the war’s outbreak, five were caught and executed. Meticulously researched and masterfully told,  Spies of No Country is an eye-opening look at the paradoxes of the Middle East. Compelling. Intended to gather intelligence and carry out sabotage operations, the unit consisted of Jews who were native to the Arab world and could thus easily assume Arab identities.

In 1948, with israel’s existence hanging in the balance, where they spent the next two years operating out of a newsstand, these men went undercover in Beirut,  collecting intelligence and sending messages back to Israel via a radio whose antenna was disguised as a clothesline. Schocken.





The Arabs: A History

Basic Books - Presidio Press. The arabs is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the modern Arab world. The internationally bestselling definitive history of the arab world, and the atlantic -- now updated to cover the latest developments in the Middle EastIn this groundbreaking and comprehensive account of the Middle East, the Economist, named a best book of the year by the Financial Times, award-winning historian Eugene Rogan draws extensively on five centuries of Arab sources to place the Arab experience in its crucial historical context.

Schocken. Starting with the ottoman conquests of the sixteenth century, Rogan follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the superpower rivalries of the Cold War to the present age of American hegemony, charting the evolution of Arab identity and the struggles for national sovereignty throughout.

The Arabs: A History - In this updated edition, Rogan untangles the latest geopolitical developments of the region. Oneworld Publications. This landmark book covers the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, exploring every facet of modern Arab history. Spiegel Grau. Wiley TP.