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Anonymous Soldiers : The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947
by Bruce Hoffman


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A landmark history, based on newly available documents, of the battles between Jews, Arabs, and the British that led to the creation of Israel

Anonymous Soldiers brilliantly re-creates the crucial period in the establishment of Israel, chronicling the three decades of growing anticolonial unrest that culminated in the end of British rule and the UN resolution to create two separate states.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A landmark history, based on newly available documents, of the battles between Jews, Arabs, and the British that led to the creation of Israel

Anonymous Soldiers brilliantly re-creates the crucial period in the establishment of Israel, chronicling the three decades of growing anticolonial unrest that culminated in the end of British rule and the UN resolution to create two separate states. This groundbreaking book tells in riveting, previously unknown detail the story of how Britain, in the twilight of empire, struggled and ultimately failed to reconcile competing Arab and Jewish demands and uprisings. Bruce Hoffman, America s leading expert on terrorism, shines new light on the bombing of the King David Hotel, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, the leadership of Menachem Begin, the life and death of Abraham Stern, and much else. Above all, Hoffman shows exactly how the underdog anonymous soldiers of Irgun and Lehi defeated the British and set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the creation of the formidable nation-state of Israel.
This is a towering accomplishment of research and narrative, and a book that is essential to anyone wishing to understand not just the origins of modern-day Israel or the current situation in the Middle East, but also the methodology of terrorism. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Bruce Hoffman has written one of the most detailed and sustained accounts of a terrorist and counterterrorist campaign that may ever have been seen, and in doing so has cast light on one of the most decisive world events in recent history. This will be the definitive account of the struggle for Israel for years to come.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780307594716
  • ISBN-10: 0307594718
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 618
  • Dimensions: 2.75 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.34 pounds


Related Categories

Books > History > Middle East - General
Books > History > Military - Strategy
Books > Political Science > Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-02-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Hoffman (The Failure of British Military Strategy in Palestine, 1939–47), director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, covers the activities of the Jewish underground, particularly the Irgun and Stern Gang, during the revolt against the British rule of Palestine between February 1944 and the U.N. partition resolution of November 1947. He shows that the Jewish guerilla war, unlike the Arab revolt of 1936–39, was largely urban, and notes that the Jewish Agency and the Haganah, the mainstream Zionist political and military bodies, usually acquiesced to and sometimes openly cooperated with the Irgun, as in the crucial July 1946 bombing of the King David Hotel. Hoffman is particularly good at showing how the British advantage was eroded by vacillating strategies and policies toward the Yishuv (Jewish settlement), which viewed British soldiers and police as "an unpopular, repressive occupation force," despite British soldiers and police outnumbering Jewish underground members by 20 to 1 in the mid-1940s. The British attempt to bring the revolt to heel was also undermined by woefully inadequate intelligence on the Jewish underground. Drawing on prodigious research and employing fine narrative pacing, Hoffman has produced a first-rate work on the "endgame" in the Zionist struggle to establish a Jewish state. (Mar.)

 
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