1948: A History of the First
Important. Relevant. Fascinating reading. Filled with copious research.
Passionate and profound. Highly notable.
All of the above apply to Benny Morris’s “1948: A
History of the First Arab-Israeli War” (Yale University Press, $32.50,
524 pages). Professor of history in the Middle East Studies Department
of Ben-Gurion University, Israel, Morris is a towering presence among
his nation’s “New Historians.” And this book in no small way shows why.
Offering a new and complete narrative of the war of
1948, Morris puts forward ideas that are at once controversial and at
the same time illuminating about what happened. The roles of the Great
Powers at the time, the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet
Union, are given up close and carefully considered evaluations.
Buttressed by new documentation, impressively
organized and laid out,“1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War”
is a groundbreaking work. For all those interested in this subject –
the book is a must. For those wanting to understand more about the
Arab-Israeli conflict – the book is required reading.
“Paris: Wish You Were Here” (Welcome
Books, $24.95, 272 pages) will make you feel you are back in the City of
Light all over again and if you have never been there – you will now
set your sights on going. Lavish and beautiful, this love letter of a
book is filled with words and 100 color images filtered into sections
like fiction and travel writing, fashion designers, song, city history,
where to stay and on and on. The price is right. The book is terrific.
Get yourself a copy now. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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About the Authors: Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband
team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional
scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories
It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in
America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in
Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.
They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining
as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United
States, Europe, and the Caribbean.
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