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Recommended Books on History of Israel

Memoirs of Key Historic Figures and a few other books



Memoirs of key historic figures (and a few other books):

  history of Israel,

  struggle for establishment of the Jewish state and independence,

  Jewish immigration, survival, and wars of liberation and defense

Jewish Legion, Hagana, Irgun (IZL), Lehi, Ha'apalah, HCNL, WZO, NZO, Betar

Prime Ministers, ministers, military leaders, commanders, diplomats

Essential library: Israel history


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Participants (alphabetically)

Avraham (Bren) Adan, On the Banks of the Suez, Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1980

Yigal Allon, Shield of David: The story of Israel's armed forces, Weidenfeld and Nicolson; 1970

Moshe Arens, In Defense of Israel: A Memoir of a Political Life, Brookings Institution Press, 2018

Ehud Barak, My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace, St. Martin's Press, 2018

Menachem Begin, The Revolt, Dell, 1978

Menachem Begin, White nights: The story of a prisoner in Russia, Harper and Row, 1979

Yitshaq Ben-Ami, Years of Wrath, Days of Glory: Memoirs from the Irgun, Robert Speller and Sons, 1982

David Ben-Gurion, Israel: A Personal History, Funk and Wagnalls, Inc. / Sabra Books, 1971

Robert Briscoe with Alden Hatch, For the Life of Me, Longmans, 1958

Geula Cohen, Women of violence: Memoirs of a young terrorist, 1943-1948, Hart-Davis, 1966

Moshe Dayan, Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life: An Autobiography, Morrow and Co., New York, 1976

Abba Eban, Abba Eban: An Autobiography, Futura Publication, 1977

U. Eilam, Eilam's Arc. How Israel Became a Military Technology Powerhouse, Sussex, 2011

Yaacov Eliav, Wanted, Shengold Publishers, New York, 1984

Levi Eshkol, Moshe Dayan, Yizhak Rabin, The 6 Days War, Israel Ministry of Defense, 1967

Ben Hecht, A Child of the Century, Yale University Press, 1954, 2020

Theodore Herzl. The Jewish State. Proposal of a modern solution to the Jewish question, 1917, 2018.

Chaim Herzog, The Arab-Israeli Wars: War and Peace in the Middle East, Vintage, 2005

V. Jabotinsky, The Story of the Jewish Legion, Bernard Ackerman,1945

V. Jabotinsky, B. Horowitz (ed.), L. Katsis (ed.), Vladimir Jabotinsky's Story of My Life, Wayne State University Press, 2015

Josephus, The Jewish War, OUP Oxford, 2017

Avigdor Kahalani, The Heights of Courage: A Tank Leader's War On the Golan, Praeger, 1992

Samuel Katz, Days of Fire. The Secret History of the Irgun Zvai Leumi and the making of Israel, Doubleday; other publishers, 1968

James G. McDonald, My Mission in Israel 1948-1951, Sagwan Press, 1951, 2015

Richard Meinertzhagen, Middle East Diary, 1917-1956, Cresset Press, London, 1959

Golda Meir, My Life, G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1975

Ya'akov Meridor, Long is the road to freedom, Sparks and Co., 1985

J.H. Patterson, With the Zionists in Gallipoli, Hutchinson and Co., 1916, Andesite Press, 2015

J.H. Patterson, With the Judeans in the Palestine Campaign, Hutchinson and Co., 1922, Echo Library, 2014

Shimon Peres, No Room for Small Dreams: Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel, Custom House, 2017

Yitzhak Rabin, The Rabin Memoirs, University of California Press, 1996

Yitzhak Shamir, Summing Up. An Autobiography, Little, Brown and Company, New York, 1994

Zeev Sharef, Three Days (May 12, 13, and 14, 1948), W H Allen, London, 1962

Moshe Sharett, My Struggle for Peace: The Diary of Moshe Sharett, 1953-1954, Indiana University Press, 2019

Ariel Sharon with David Chanoff, Warrior. Autobiography of Ariel Sharon, Touchstone, New York, 2001

Chaim Weizmann, Trial and Error, Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia, 1949

Nathan Yalin-Mor, Israel, Israel. Histoire du groupe Stern (1940-1948), Presses De La Renaissance, 1978


Antagonists (alphabetically)

Glubb Pasha (J.B. Glubb), A Soldier With The Arabs, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1957

Josephus, The Jewish War, OUP Oxford, 2017

Geoffrey J. Morton, Just the Job. Some Experience of a Colonial Policeman, Horder and Stoughton, London, 1957

Saad el Shazly, The Crossing of the Suez, American Mideast Research, 2003


By journalists, writers, scholars

Abraham Rabinovich, The Yom Kippur War. The Epic Encounter That Transformed the Middle East, Schocken Books, New York, 2004

J.B. Schechtman, The Life and Times of Vladimir Jabotinsky. Vol. 1, Rebel and Statesman. The Early Years, Aronoff Foundation, 1986

J.B. Schechtman, The Life and Times of Vladimir Jabotinsky. Volume 2, Fighter and Prophet. The Last Years, Eshel Books, 2020

Laurence Weinbaum, A Marriage of Convenience. The New Zionist Organization and the Polish Government, 1936-1939, East European Monographs, Boulder, 1993

Israel's Space Program, 2004 (pdf)


Books on history of astronautics, rocketry, and space

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