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Fathom Review of Books / 07 April / 2015

Did you know that each issue of Fathom contains expert reviews of the latest books about Israel and the region? Read the reviews in the current  issue:


Colin Shindler on Anita Shapira’s Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel.


Michael Allen on Josh Muravchik’s Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel.


David Cesarani on Alon Confino’s A World Without Jews. The Nazi Imagination From Persecution to Genocide.


David Hirsh on Philip Mendes’s Jews and the Left.


Liam Hoare on Assaf Gavron’s novel The Hilltop.


Our Voice of the Week is Fathom Editor Professor Alan Johnson and Fathom Advisory Editor Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog being interviewed by Ynet’s Attila Somfalvi about the movement to boycott Israel.


Our Image of the Week is former President Shimon Peres seated on the Iron Throne, alongside British Ambassador Matthew Gould, and Yes CEO Ron Eilon during a visit to a Game of Thrones exhibition at Tel Aviv Port.

Book Review | Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel

by Colin Shindler | March 6, 2015

Berl Katznelson, one of Labour Zionism’s ideological founders described David Ben-Gurion as ‘history’s gift to the Jewish people.’ Anita Shapira rightly describes Israel’s first Prime Minister as a Jacobin – a product of revolutionary fin de siecle Eastern Europe, a cold enigmatic figure lacking charisma who changed the flow of Jewish history and redirected it into a national channel. As Shapira remarks, ‘people admired Ben-Gurion, but did not really like him.’ Ben-Gurion’s story began as David Gruen (Green) in the...

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Book Review | Making David Into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel
by Michael Allen

700 British artists have announced that they are boycotting Israel until the ‘colonial oppression of Palestinians’ ends. In an open letter to the Guardian, the...

Book Review | A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide
by David Cesarani

Historian David Cesarani hails Alon Confino’s triumphant demonstration that anti-Jewish policies are within the realms of comprehension and that it is possible to find the...

Book Review | Jews and the Left: The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance
by David Hirsh

Social theorists sometimes enjoy treating the ‘now’ as the key turning point of history; they like it because it puts their own intellectual work of...

Book Review | The Hilltop
by Liam Hoare

The Hilltop is the first Israeli novel to chronicle the inner lives of the settlers that has been translated into English. It is the first...

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