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Genesis

Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict
Judis, John B. (Book - 2014 )
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"A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time--the relationship between the United States and Israel. There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs--a violent, costly struggle that has had catastrophic repercussions in a critical region of the world. In Genesis, John B. Judis argues that, while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed efforts to resolve this enduring strife. The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. As a result, understanding that period holds the key to explaining almost everything that follows--right down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived effort to win peace through holding elections among the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed attempt to bring both parties to the negotiating table. A provocative narrative history animated by a strong analytical and moral perspective, and peopled by colorful and outsized personalities, Genesis offers a fresh look at these critical postwar years, arguing that if we can understand how this stalemate originated, we will be better positioned to help end it"--
Authors: Judis, John B.
Title: Genesis
Truman, American Jews, and the origins of the Arab/Israeli conflict
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: x, 432 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Contents: Part I. Two peoples and one land
Part II. The paradox of American Zionism
Part III. Truman and Israel.
Summary: "A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time--the relationship between the United States and Israel. There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs--a violent, costly struggle that has had catastrophic repercussions in a critical region of the world. In Genesis, John B. Judis argues that, while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed efforts to resolve this enduring strife. The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. As a result, understanding that period holds the key to explaining almost everything that follows--right down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived effort to win peace through holding elections among the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed attempt to bring both parties to the negotiating table. A provocative narrative history animated by a strong analytical and moral perspective, and peopled by colorful and outsized personalities, Genesis offers a fresh look at these critical postwar years, arguing that if we can understand how this stalemate originated, we will be better positioned to help end it"--
Local Note: 15 53 118 172 211
ISBN: 0374161097
9780374161095
Statement of Responsibility: John B. Judis
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-409) and index.
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1945-1953. Israel Foreign relations United States. United States Foreign relations Israel. Zionism United States History 20th century. Arab-Israeli conflict Moral and ethical aspects. Arab-Israeli conflict Causes. Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972 Relations with Jews.
Topical Term: Zionism
Arab-Israeli conflict
Arab-Israeli conflict
LCCN: 2013036637
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