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  • A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
  • Written by: Daniel Gordis
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Written by: Daniel Gordis
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The 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 is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. 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. 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. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people's story and the creation of the state. 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.

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. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on Israel's past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Daniel Gordis (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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very interesting fill lots of the gaps in my history classes, defiantly going to recommended to others

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A good history review

I am old haha, I can remember so many parts of the story. A well written book that covers many different angles to events.

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i learned a lot

i did learn a lot but with that knowledge I'm even more confused. i am from Canada and will never understand the complexity of their issues but i wanted to learn a bit and I'm really glad i did. an incredibly tough people. who else would go back to a land surrounded by people who want you wiped off the planet. interesting book told in anbeasy, educational way, at least i thought. Thanks to the writer and good luck to the Israeli people

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Excellent

Excellent, thorough and thoughtful account of the history of Israel. Would highly recommend this book.

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Thank you

Wonderful and great it was outstanding and covered the history of my state in a very concise and thoughtful manner jerry ziedenberg

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Excellent book

This is an excellent book and it was performed excellently, too. I’d recommend it to those seeking an understanding of how modern Israel came to be.

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