1949

The First Israelis

With a New Preface by the Author; Tom Segev; Translated by Arlen N. Weinstein

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The founding of Israel in 1948--one of the seminal events of the century--offers a heroic narrative with few parallels in modern history. In 1949, a controversial best-seller in Israel, Tom Segev draws on thousands of declassified documents along with personal diaries and correspondence to reconstruct the unvarnished story of Israel's first year.

Segev reveals the lofty aspirations that guided the state's leaders as well as the darker side of the Zionist utopia: the friction between the early settlers and the immigrants, the lack of good-faith negotiations with the Arabs; the clash between religious and secular factions; the daily collision of the Zionist myth with the severe realities of life in the new state. Unflinching in its observations, this bold chronicle is indispensible for understanding the dilemmas that continue to confront--and divide--Israeli society.

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Praise for 1949

“Required reading for all who want to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Segev’s book provides the best analysis I have seen of the problems of trying to integrate so many people from such diverse cultures into one political body.”The New York Times Book Review

"A landmark book . . . Necessary reading for anyone interested in the past and future of the Middle East."San Francisco Chronicle

"A fascinating read . . . told with acid compassion."The New York Review of Books

"Understanding the present demands an honest confrontation with the past. 1949 makes a major contribution to understanding."Los Angeles Times Book Review

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With a New Preface by the Author; Tom Segev; Translated by Arlen N. Weinstein

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and author of three works on the history of Israel, 1949: The First Israelis, The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust, and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate. He lives in Jerusalem.

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1949
The First Israelis
With a New Preface by the Author; Tom Segev; Translated by Arlen N. Weinstein

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Picador
April 1998
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ISBN: 9780805058963
ISBN10: 0805058966
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 400 pages
$21.00
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