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The Ablest Navigator: Lieutenant Paul N. Shulman USN, Israel's Volunteer Admiral

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    Ok, full disclosure, I am Jewish and I have family in Israel, so I read this book because it was suggested to me by my family. I am so glad I picked it up. I expected to learn a lot about one man, Paul Shulman. I didn't expect to be caught up in an adventure story that I wished continued for another 150 pages. Yes, Wandres, tells you the amazing story of a 25 year old New Yorker who ended up starting Israel's Navy and commanding it during a war almost immediatly after he arrived in a brand new country, but what he really tells you is the amazing story of the birth and early survival of Israel as an Independent Jewish State. The people weren't perfect and mistakes were made, but in the end, a dream older then the Old Testament itself is realized. This book is not at all religous or preachy, but as a Jewish person I did feel a sense of pride and gratitude towards the people that made such sacrifices and risked their lives for what they considered to be an ultimate cause. I think the Ablest Navigator, would be an excellent resource for any History class that is studying Israel. I really wish I had this book to read when I was in Hebrew School. I think Jewish Studies teachers could use Wandres' work almost like a textbook. The Ablest Navigator, gives you the facts, with many footnotes if you want to do more research on the subjects, but if you are like me, you will just enjoy the adventure, and the knowledge you gain about such an historical time in this world will be icing on the cake.

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