Genesis 1948 by David Kurzman
The First Arab-Israeli War

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This book tells the full story of the first Arab-Israeli war and the birth of the State of Israel. Based largely on some 1000 interviews with participants of all nations, it describes the important military and diplomatic events of that epic war - from the struggle between Truman and Dean Rusk to the fall of Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter; from the Irgun-Stern Gang massacre at Deir Yassin to the ambush of a Hadassah hospital convoy; from the clandestine operations of the Jewish underground in the US to the secret negotiations between Jordan's King Abdullah and Moshe Dayan. Here are anecdotes and glimpses of great figures such as Weizmann, Ben-Gurion, Dayan, Abba Eban, Abdullah, Glubb Pasha, Ralph Bunche, and Nasser, and of the ordinary people who did the fighting; concentration-camp survivors, Sabras, foreign volunteers, and Arabs from throughout the Middle East. Here are all the major and minor participants and events of the great conflict that set the stage for and is crucial to the understanding of the present-day Israeli nation.

About David Kurzman

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Dan Kurzman, a former Washington Post correspondent, is the author of fourteen books and the winner of five literary and journalistic awards: The George Polk Memorial Award; the National Jewish Award; the Newspaper Guild's Front Page Award; and, twice, the Cornelius Ryan Award for the year's best book on foreign affairs. Kurzman is a native of San Francisco and now makes his home in New Jersey.
Published April 1, 1992 by Da Capo Pr. 804 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Kurzman certainly suggests the excitement of convoys, the hideousness of hospitals, the chancy dimensions of battle, and there is real suspense and color in his accounts of, among other things, the Deir Yassin massacre, the Arab exodus from Haifa, the blockade of Jerusalem, the Burma Road constru...

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In this dramatic chronicle of the Arab-Israeli war from 1947 to 1949, some 1000 interviews express the human aspects of the conflict with remarkable fidelity. Illustrated. (Apr.)

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