Author: Anita Shapira (Professor of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University). Published by Weidenfield & Nicholson, soft cover 502 pages.
Covering the period from the rise of Theodore Hertzl until the early 2000s this book spreads out before the reader the intricacies of history that have led to the nation of Israel as we know it. We accompany Israel as it develops from small groups of impoverished European activitists determined to conquer the harsh landscape, to a sopisticated, multicultural nation playing a pivital role in international affairs.
Israel is written from a secular perspective and is a BIG book not one to be skipped through on a lazy summers afternoon. But there is much that the Bible believer will find fascinating though the book incidentally highlights the rejection by the Jewish people of their heavenly Father and their trust in the "idols" of human leadership, economic policy and military strength.
This book is reviewed by Anne Johns in the November December 2015 issue of the Lampstand magazine. Read a copy here.