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My Promised Land

ISBN: 9780385521703 | 0385521707
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Pub. Date: 11/19/2013

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A groundbreaking, ambitious, and authoritative examination of Israel by one of the most influential columnists writing about the Middle East today My Promised Landtells the story of Israel as it has never been told before. Facing unprecedented internal and external pressures, Israel today is at a moment of existential crisis. Through revealing stories of significant events and of ordinary individuals-pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs, scientists, army generals, peaceniks, settlers, and Palestinians-Israeli journalist Ari Shavit illuminates many of the pivotal moments of the Zionist century that led Israel to where it is today. We meet the youth group leader who recognized the potential of Masada as a powerful symbol for Zionism; the young farmer who bought an orange grove from his Arab neighbor in the 1920s, and with the Jaffa orange helped to create a booming economy in Palestiā‰  the engineer who was instrumental in developing Israel's nuclear program; the religious Zionists who started the settler movement. Over an illustrious career that has spanned almost thirty years, Shavit has had rare access to people from across the Israeli political, economic, and social spectrum, and in this ambitious work he tells a riveting story that is both deeply human and of profound historical dimension. As it examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition, My Promised Landasks difficult but important questions: Why did Israel come to be? How did it come to be? And can Israel survive? Culminating with an analysis of the issues and threats that Israel is currently facing, both internal and external, My Promised Landuses the defining events of the past to shed new light on the present. The result is a landmark portrait of a small, vibrant country living on the edge, whose identity and presence play a crucial role in today's global political landscape.

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