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Best Books: 7 Books To Read To Learn About Israeli History

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If you’re anything like me, the history of Israel is something that I find immensely fascinating. We reached out to the leading experts in the field to find out the books you should read to develop a well rounded, intelligent and factual understanding of the history of Israel.

#1 Israel by Anita Shapira

Anita Shapira's Israel, a History is written from a centrist perspective and truly includes a lot about Palestinians and Israeli-Arab relations. A big chunk is missing for the Golda Meir years, but its made up for with an immersion into almost every Israeli political party and cultural movement since the first Aliyahs to Palestine/Israel in the 1800s.

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Contributors: Michael Kosowski from Herald Strategies

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#2 Six Days of War By Michael B Oren

The Six Day War as it’s called in Israel is the defining conflict that has the middle east look the way it does today. The telling of the six-day long conflict catalogs the geopolitical intricacies and the miraculous victory a seemingly doomed young nation was defined by.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#3 A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

A History of the Jews is a fascinating telling of persecution that takes place over 4,000 years of the wandering nation. If you’re seeking to understand the conflict in Israel today, the claim must be made that the Jews role in the middle east should be fully explained enter the history.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#4 Startup Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

This is the story of yet another miracle in the desert. How did a country little older than 60 years of a little over 7 million people come to have the second most startups per capita, and become a world leader in science and technology? If that weren’t crazy enough on its own Israel is a country with no known natural resources. This book attempts to piece together this rather interesting phenomenon.

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Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#5 No Room for Small Dreams by Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres' life is the history of modern Israel. From his perspective of course, but truly the history of Israel. It is really well written, it shows his vulnerabilities and strengths. He was a lion of a leader he had to be, he led a country. But the details he shares IS the history of Israel.

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Contributors: Leora Lanz from LHL Communications, Inc

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#6 O Jerusalem by Larry Collins

O Jerusalem gives a fabulous accounting of the battle for Jerusalem.

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Contributors: Varda Epstein from Judean Rose

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#7 Eurobia by Bat Ye’or

Eurobia: The euro-Arab Axis helps explain Muslim attitudes toward Jews and Israel.

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Contributors: Varda Epstein from Judean Rose

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