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Book Review - Israel by Martin Gilbert

February 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 151

Authors often struggle with the challenging task of translating history into a manageable and enjoyable read. When shrinking years packed with a plethora of events into a book, it's easy to miss details, names and stories that may have transcended the way history "really happened". Sir Martin John Gilbert is no stranger to this challenge, having written over 80 books on a variety of history topics and has become an expert in the trade. His expertise is evident in his incredible book Israel.

Israel is the story of a modern-day miracle. A fledgling country that originally dates back to over 4,000 years, the Israel we know today practically started with nothing, and has become one of the most influential, modern and talked-about nations in only 64 years. A melting pot of people, emotions and beliefs, Martin Gilbert takes an incredibly complex and action-packed chronicle of events and explains it with precision and intellect. From the first days of the inception of Zionism founded by Theodore Herzl in 1897 to an overview of the recent Lebanese war in 2006, the book does not miss a beat, covering the names and brief history of every kibbutz ever founded in Israel - one of the ultimate statements of the nation's soul since its inception.

The greatest aspect of Gilbert's writing is in his ability to portray both sides of history, the pros and cons, the good and evil. Israel does not sugarcoat the evolution of the country of Israel. It talks about the many challenges of the Palestinian conflict, the mistakes the government made as well as the senseless acts of hatred that were performed by both Jews and Arabs in modern history. It combines these sour notes with the magical entrepreneurial spirit of one of the fastest-growing and innovate nations in the world, the rich religious culture that is relevant to the three most popular religions of mankind and the stories of heroism of an entire people-hood to overcome one of the bleakest moments of history, the Holocaust. The story is weaved from the ashes of a land and nation that has seen so much war and its constant struggle to transition into a colorful, vibrant country.

Israel should be read by anyone who is interested in the story of modern-day mankind. Unlike many non-fiction history books, the book flows like a novel, highlighting the pivotal characters that played the biggest role in planting the seeds of Israel, while still mentioning the many stories of lesser-known, but not so insignificant tales of international heroes that shaped Israel. Breakout of the stereotypes that are so often covered by the media today and open your mind to understand the real story of Israel, the story as written by Martin Gilbert in Israel.

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