Book Reviews

A State At Any Cost: Ben-Gurion, Distorted

A State At Any Cost: The Life of Ben Gurion
By Tom Segev
Macmillan, 2019

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.

Arab Voices: James Zogby Supports One Message Only

Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters
By James Zogby
Palgrave Macmillan, 2010

Arab Voices, ignores those that urge Jihad and neglects what some Arabs say in Arabic about non-Arabs.

Arafat’s War: Palestinian Policy Through the Oslo Years

Arafat's War: The Man and His Battle for Israeli Conquest
By Efraim Karsh
Grove Press, 2003

A riveting and invaluable new book that offers the first comprehensive account of Palestinian policy through the Oslo years.

How Israel Lost: 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.

Palestine: Peace not Apartheid – 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.

Print to Fit: A 120-Year Exposé of the New York Times

Print to Fit: The New York Times, Zionism and Israel 1896-2016
By Jerold S. Auerbach
Academic Studies Press, 2019

Print to Fit is a must-read for anyone who wants to truly understand the anatomy of biased  journalism at one of the foremost media outlets – the so-called “newspaper of record.”

The Invention of the Jewish People: Shlomo Sand Reinvents History

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.

The Trouble With Textbooks: 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.