Help me know more about Israel
October 10, 2012 11:41 AM Subscribe
Can you please recommend a good book on the formation of modern Israel?
posted by Pecinpah to Society & Culture (12 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm about half-way through the book 'A Peace to End All Peace
', which I am finding both enjoyable and enlightening. Though it's a thoroughly detailed and slightly dry read, it's also accessibly written (read: one only needs a marginal understanding of history to get the gist of who/what's being written about). Still, it's a bit broader in its scope than I had thought it would be.
Once I finish this book, I'd like to read one concerning the history of the formation of modern Israel itself (not the Israel of biblical times as much as the last two hundred years or so). I am not a religious person, but am interested in developing a better understanding of why this region is the center of such contention and debate, and why the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in particular seems to so consistently dominate world politics.
While I could use Amazon recommendations or go have a chat with my local bookseller about this, I thought I'd tap the relentlessly reliable opinions of the Hive Mind first. Have any of you read any books about this which you would recommend? Thanks in advance.