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This is an auction for 1948: THE FIRST ARAB-ISRAELI WAR, by Benny Morris.

"Morris relates the story soberly and sombrely, even-handedly and exhaustively... An authoritative and fair-minded account of an epochal and volatile event."
- New York Times Book Review

"Morris is unafraid of upsetting both camps... His commitment to the pursuit of historical truth deserves as much admiration as his dismay at Arab intransigence commands sympathy... Morris's book is no mere military narrative, but a crisp, vivid introduction to the historical tragedy of Palestine."
- Max Hastings, Sunday Times (UK)

Amazon.com review:

“This history of the foundational war in the Arab-Israeli conflict is ground-breaking, objective, and revisionist. A riveting account of the military engagements, it also focuses on the war's political dimensions. Morris probes the motives and aims of the protagonists on the basis of newly opened Israeli and Western documentation. The Arab side—where the archives are still closed—is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials. Morris stresses the jihadi character of the two-stage Arab assault on the Jewish community in Palestine. Throughout, he examines the dialectic between the war's military and political developments and highlights the military impetus in the creation of the refugee problem, which was a by-product of the disintegration of Palestinian Arab society. The book thoroughly investigates the role of the Great Powers—Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union—in shaping the conflict and its tentative termination in 1949."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2008.

524 pages + photographs.

New condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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