Since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, the region has been the scene of fierce power struggles, injustice and tragic events - a situation which persists to this day. Now for the first time, an Israeli-Arab author collaboration is tackling one of the world's most controversial situations.
Published to accompany a six-part BBC television series by the makers of the award-winning DEATH OF YUGOSLAVIA, this myth-breaking book draws on candid interviews with key protagonists in the struggles - many of whom have never before spoken out - to reveal behind-the-scenes events and put the record straight. This is a definitive insiders' account of war and peace in the Middle East.
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Here are extracts taken from reviews of The Fifty Years War
The Financial Times (25-26 April 1998) "Based on the BBC TV series, the book often reads more as a thriller than a well documented work of history, with plans, alliances, conspiracies and counter-conspiracies chasing each other from chapter to chapter."
"And the narrative is fascinating, suffused with a bizarre combination of both cynicism and naivety, and played against the background of the cold war."
"This is an excellent book of diplomatic history."
The Jewish Chronicle (24 April 1998):
"The outcome is a fascinating book full of new insights."
"Anyone who wants to understand the Middle East conflict will be both enlightened and stimulated by The Fifty Years War."
"The account of the Oslo peace negotiations is gripping, and the anrrow margin by which the negotiations succeeded becomes apparent for the first time. Let us hope that this book leads to further Israeli Arab collaboration in the writing of history."
"Books like The Fifty Years War suggest that more balanced view of the Middle East conflict may now be possible."
The Irish Times (25 December 1997):
"The 50th Anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel has prompted a rash of books. One of the more interesting is Israel and the Arabs: The Fifty Years War by an Israel and an Arab Ahron Bregman and Jihan el Tahri. Flagged as "the definitive insider's account of war and peace in the Middle East" the book will be accompanied by a BBC series."
Readers are invited to e-mail me their comments and I promise to answer all of them. Ahron BregmanAbout the Author:
Ahron Bregman was born in Israel but has lived in England since 1989. He has written for various academic journals and also writes for the Daily Telegraph. His book WAR AND ISRAELI SOCIETY 1948-1990s is forthcoing.
Jihan El-Tahri was born in Helsinki where her father an Egyptian diplomat was posted. She has spent a number of years working as a journalist and is the co-author of LE DESTINE D'ARAFAT.
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Book Description Penguin, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 304 pages. 7.64x5.12x0.94 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0140268278
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