1949 by Tom Segev
The First Israelis

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The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

About Tom Segev

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Tom Segev is a columnist for "Ha'aretz," Israel's leading newspaper, & the author of "One Palestine, Complete" & "1949: The First Israelis." His book, "The Seventh Million," has also been made into a documentary film. He lives in Jerusalem.
Published April 15, 1998 by Owl Books by Henry Holt and Company. 400 pages
Genres: History. Non-fiction

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Historical revisionism—Israeli style.

Feb 01 1986 | Read Full Review of 1949: The First Israelis


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Apr 12 2015 | Read Full Review of 1949: The First Israelis


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