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Tom Segev

Nonfiction, 1999

Winner of the 2001 National Jewish Book Awards 2001 in two categories

Included in New York Times Editor's Choice of ‘Best Books of 2000


When the British arrived in Palestine in 1918, they found a Levantine society emerging from the cocoon of five hundred years of remote Turkish rule. Thirty years later, they left a region being torn apart by antagonistic nationalisms. Segev recreates this tumultuous period with his characteristic erudite and articulate style. This book was chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the five most important non-fiction titles of the year, and Segev won the National Jewish Book Award 2001 in two categories – Israel and History



Rights Sold to:

USA, Metropolitan Books; UK, Little, Brown; Germany, Siedler Verlag; France, Lianna Levi; Israel, Keter


“An enormously important book, perhaps the best single account of Palestine under the British Mandate.” – The New York Times Book Review

"Segev is an excellent historical writer who presents a compelling and timely discussion of a well-trodden subject...” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An incredibly detailed account...this is a stunning, absorbing work.” – Booklist

“A fascinating book...” – Le Monde Diplomatique

“Brilliantly evocative ...fascinating...” – Newsday

“Whoever wishes to understand what is happening in today’s Middle East should read this book. The author dispels myths and misunderstandings with lively anecdotes and amusing portraits of leading figures and events of the time. Segev has written a fantastic and highly relevant book.” – Die Zeit

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