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Tom Segev

Nonfiction, 1984

The founding of the State of Israel in 1948 - one of the seminal events of the twentieth century - was a dramatic story with few if any parallels in modern history. Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel’s first years



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USA, Free Press/Metropolitan Books, pb: Simon & Schuster; Germany, Siedler Verlag; Israel, Domino; Lebanon, Institute of Palestinian Studies; France, Calmann-Levy


“Required reading for all who want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Segev’s book provides the best analysis I have seen of the problems of trying to integrate so many people from such diverse cultures into one political body.” – The New York Times Book Review

“Understanding the present demands an honest confrontation with the past. 1949 makes a major contribution to understanding.” – Los Angeles Times Book Review

“A fascinating read...told with acid compassion.” – The New York Review of Books

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