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A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel
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A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel

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by Ronald Radosh
 

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“[This] revelatory account of Truman's vital contributions to Israel's founding. . .is told. . . with an elegance informed by thorough research."
Wall Street Journal

"Even knowing how the story ends, A Safe Haven had me sitting on the edge of my seat.”
—Cokie Roberts

A dramatic, detailed account of the events

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“[This] revelatory account of Truman's vital contributions to Israel's founding. . .is told. . . with an elegance informed by thorough research."
Wall Street Journal

"Even knowing how the story ends, A Safe Haven had me sitting on the edge of my seat.”
—Cokie Roberts

A dramatic, detailed account of the events leading up to the creation of a Jewish homeland and the true story behind President Harry S. Truman’s controversial decision to recognize of the State of Israel in 1948, drawn from Truman’s long-lost diary entries and other previously unused archival materials.

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Wall Street Journal
“[A] revelatory account of Truman’s vital contributions to Israel’s founding. . . . Told by the Radoshes with an elegance informed by thorough research.”
Booklist
“This is an excellent examination of a presidential decision that has had immense historical consequences.”
Michael Oren
“ A Safe Haven, is an outstanding achievement. This is certain to become an essential work for students, journalists, and statesmen—-indeed, anyone interested in understanding Israel’s origins.”
Ron Rosenbaum
“In their deeply engaging study of Truman and the foundation of Israel, the Radoshes capture the dramatic intersection of momentous millennial aspirations and the thrilling intricacies of political intrigue with remarkable narrative skill. ”
Cokie Roberts
“Even knowing how the story ends, A SAFE HAVEN, had me sitting on the edge of my seat watching Harry Truman weigh the arguments of his friends and advisors in the months, then weeks, then days leading up to his recognition of Israel.”
Jonathan Tepperman
Truman's remarkable perseverance is recounted by the Radoshes in readable prose, with good anecdotal color, a general sense of fair-mindedness (except perhaps toward the Arabs) and impressive detail.
—The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060594640
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Pages:
428
Sales rank:
709,991
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

Cokie Roberts
“Even knowing how the story ends, A SAFE HAVEN, had me sitting on the edge of my seat watching Harry Truman weigh the arguments of his friends and advisors in the months, then weeks, then days leading up to his recognition of Israel.”
Ron Rosenbaum
“In their deeply engaging study of Truman and the foundation of Israel, the Radoshes capture the dramatic intersection of momentous millennial aspirations and the thrilling intricacies of political intrigue with remarkable narrative skill. ”
Michael Oren
“ A Safe Haven, is an outstanding achievement. This is certain to become an essential work for students, journalists, and statesmen—-indeed, anyone interested in understanding Israel’s origins.”

Meet the Author

Allis Radosh has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York, and served as a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ronald Radosh, professor emeritus of history at the City University of New York and adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author or coauthor of fourteen books, including The Rosenberg File. He has written for The New Republic, National Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. This is the second book they have written together. They live in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Allis Radosh has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and the City University of New York, and served as a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ronald Radosh, professor emeritus of history at the City University of New York and adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, is the author or coauthor of fourteen books, including The Rosenberg File. He has written for The New Republic, National Review, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. This is the second book they have written together. They live in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

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A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives an in depth and behind the scenes view of United States government's attitude towards and involvement with the founding of the state of Israel. It documents and analyzes the positions of the Zionist movement, the U.S. State Department, and President Harry Truman, while recognizing the importance of the U.S. legislature, especially, Representative Emmanuel Cellar. The venemous antipathy of Aneurin Bevin representing the British government, as well as that of the U.S. Dept. of State are well illustrated. Although Harry Truman eventually supported the division of Palestine and made sure that the U.S. was the first country to recognize Israel, he was more concerned with the Jewish DP's in Europe, and he was not a gung-ho pro Zionist. This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in Israeli statehood and the politics that affected it.
Frick More than 1 year ago
A good general overview of the establishment of State of Israel and the US involvement. Well written. Footnotes were not enlightening but at least easy to follow because the authors numbered the footnotes rather than using the newer (and what I consider to be lousy) method of footnoting by phrases.
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RFertel More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've have read on the decision process that was going on in the American Government in general, and Truman in particular, as Israel was being created. It broke new ground for me, and stayed away from the trappings of simplifying a complex subject. I found Trumans portrayel in this book very well researched and informative. It's a top notch book.
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