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The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land---A True Detective Story

The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land---A True Detective Story

by Patrick Bishop
     
 

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One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits a controversial murder: that of Zionist leader Avraham Stern, head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang, in Tel Aviv during WWII.

Militant Zionist Avraham Stern believed he was destined to be the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. As the ringleader of the infamous Stern Gang, also known as Lehi, he

Overview

One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits a controversial murder: that of Zionist leader Avraham Stern, head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang, in Tel Aviv during WWII.

Militant Zionist Avraham Stern believed he was destined to be the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. As the ringleader of the infamous Stern Gang, also known as Lehi, he masterminded a series of high-profile terrorist attacks in pursuit of his dream. On the run from British authorities who'd put a bounty on his head, Stern was hiding in an attic in Tel Aviv when he was killed by Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, a British colonial policeman assigned to capture him.

Morton claimed Stern was trying to escape. But witnesses insisted he was executed in cold blood. His controversial death inspired a cult of martyrdom that gave new life to Lehi, helping to destroy hopes of a detente between the British, the Arabs, and the Jews.

The Reckoning is the story of Patrick Bishop's quest to discover the truth. Based on extensive research—including access to Morton's private archive and eyewitness interviews—it recounts this seismic event in full, without bias, placing it within the context of its turbulent time. Bishop's gripping, groundbreaking narrative brings to life two men similar in ambition and dedication, chronicles the events that led to their fatal meeting, and explores how the impact of Stern's death reverberated through the final years of British rule and the birth of Israel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/20/2014
Avraham “Yair” Stern, the head of the eponymous gang of anti-British terrorists in Mandate Palestine, was shot and killed in a Tel Aviv apartment by police inspector Geoffrey Morton on the morning of February 12, 1942. But did Morton shoot a man who was attempting to flee or did he kill Stern in cold blood? Military historian Bishop (Wings: The RAF at War, 1912–2012) unravels the mystery, providing important biographical information on both figures, particularly Stern, the man who was so vitriolically opposed to the British that he was prepared to cooperate with Italian fascists and Nazis. Morton is portrayed as a hard-working, dedicated civil servant, yet one who, during several libel suits in the 1950s, ’60s, and early ’70s, repressed—or possibly willfully distorted—what happened that February day. Bishop also devotes the last quarter of the book to what happened to the Stern Gang after Stern’s death. Among its actions that helped drive the British out of Palestine was the 1944 assassination of Lord Moyne, the British minister of state for the Middle East. Bishop’s fast-paced, well-written work sheds considerable light not only on how and why Stern was killed but on the final, violent years of the British mandate in Palestine. (Dec.)
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“No one reading this book can possibly doubt the heroism of those involved…there can’t be a finer history.”
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“As a vivid chronicle of who the Battle of Britain pilots were, what motivated them, and why they were ultimately successful, Fighter Boys is unsurpassed.”
The Economist
“Mr Bishop’s depiction of Stern’s downfall is masterful.”
New York magazine
“What [Bishop] does, thanks to tireless research and powerful storytelling, is show how a ruthless murderer of civilians became an unnecessary martyr.”
Boston Globe
“Bishop’s book has all the suspense and detail of a good novel.”
Economist (UK)
“Patrick Bishop’s book has important lessons for the modern day.”
Iron Mountain Daily News (Michigan)
“Patrick Bishop’s book on the death of Avraham Stern is an important chapter in the tragic and bloody history of the Holy Land”
Washington Post
“Bishop successfully weaves a story that is both entertaining and revealing…. He does an admirable job of showing how British police officers faced the difficult task of maintaining order between Jews and the Arabs whose resistance set the stage for later bloody confrontations.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062267825
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/02/2014
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Bishop has emerged in the last decade as one of Britain’s best-regarded military historians with his books Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys, which cast a new light on the men who flew in the Battle of Britain and the Strategic Air Campaign, as well as 3 Para, which follows British troops in the 2006 battle in Helmand. He is also the author of two novels.

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