Book Reviews

“Arafat’s War” is Recommended Reading

Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest By Efraim Karsh Grove Press, 2003
A riveting and invaluable new book, "Arafat's War" by Efraim Karsh, offers the first comprehensive account of Palestinian policy through the Oslo years.

A Comprehensive Collection of Jimmy Carter’s Errors

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid By Jimmy Carter Simon & Schuster, 2006
Jimmy Carter claims that "everything" in his new book is "completely accurate," and maintains (incorrectly) that the book's critics deal in straw-man accusations and ad hominem attacks. But many, if not most, of the facts on which his book's premise rests are demonstrably false.

An Academic Misleads About The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

The Israel-Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War By James L. Gelvin Cambridge University Press, 2007
Educators teaching students about Islam, the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict often turn for help to academics who promote an anti-Israel agenda that misinforms students.

Ben-Gurion, Distorted

Tom Segev's recent biography of Israeli premier David Ben-Gurion is well-written, but deeply flawed. Instead of letting the facts dictate the narrative, the revisionist historian does the precise opposite.

Flippant Book by Former Reporter Aims Darts at Israel

How Israel Lost: The Four Questions By Richard Ben Cramer Simon & Schuster, 2004
Richard Ben Cramer's latest book disappoints on all counts. Far from changing the boundaries of discussion, it contains neither an original thesis nor trenchant argument. Instead, the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian situation are reduced to the hackneyed superficialities of Israel's detractors.

James Zogby’s Arab Voices Support One Message Only

Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters By James Zogby Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
James Zogby's book, Arab Voices, ignores those that urge Jihad and neglects what some Arabs say in Arabic about non-Arabs.

Shedding New Light on the Mufti’s Alliance With the Nazis

The Mufti of Jerusalem: Haj-Amin el-Husseini and National-Socialism By Jennie Lebel Cigoya Stampa, 2007
A new book by Serbian-Israeli author Jennie Lebel contains revelations about the service Haj Amin el-Husseini provided his Nazi paymasters and the promises he received in return.

Shlomo Sand Reinvents History With His Book About the Jews

The Invention of the Jewish People By Shlomo Sand, Translated by Yael Lotan Verso, London New York, 2009
When it comes to undermining the legitimacy of the Jewish state, there is no thesis too absurd to be published. "The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand who teaches French history at Tel Aviv University is one example.

Study Exposes the Bias in American Textbooks

The Trouble With Textbooks: Distorting History And Religion By Gary A. Tobin and Dennis R. Ybarra Lexington Books, Maryland, 2008
The book exposes historical, religious and social misrepresentations of propagandistic proportions by the K–12 school textbook publishing industry in the United States. It is essential reading for educators, students and parents alike.