The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land-A True Detective Story [NOOK Book]

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Renowned military historian Patrick Bishop revisits the death of notorious Zionist leader Avraham Stern—head of the infamous Stern Gang—challenging the prevailing account of his demise.

The charismatic mastermind of a series of high-profile terrorist attacks with the goal of attaining Jewish independence and statehood, Avraham Stern was driven by his belief that he was the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. By early 1942 he was the most wanted man in Palestine, forced to ...

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

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Renowned military historian Patrick Bishop revisits the death of notorious Zionist leader Avraham Stern—head of the infamous Stern Gang—challenging the prevailing account of his demise.

The charismatic mastermind of a series of high-profile terrorist attacks with the goal of attaining Jewish independence and statehood, Avraham Stern was driven by his belief that he was the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. By early 1942 he was the most wanted man in Palestine, forced to take refuge in an attic in Tel Aviv to evade Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, who was assigned to track him down.

Stern's capture and death have been debated and endlessly contested over the years. The official British report stated that Stern was attempting to escape, and Morton had reason to believe that he had explosives. However, witnesses claimed that it was a cold-blooded murder that precipitated a cult of martyrdom, precluding any possibility of a détente among the British, the Arabs, and the Jews, and inspiring his followers for many years.

The Reckoning chronicles Patrick Bishop's fascinating quest to uncover the truth about Stern's ignominious death. Bishop gained access to Morton's private archive and interviews with witnesses, and relates a dramatic story that resonates to this very day in one of the world's most conflicted regions.

Bishop's gripping narrative describes without bias what actually transpired in the safe house where Stern was discovered. He relates Stern's capture in the context of the complex battle to expel the British from Palestine and secure Jewish independence. These men appear to have nothing in common, yet Bishop succeeds in depicting critical traits that they did share—dedication to their causes and an unflinching determination to achieve their goals at all costs. Bishop makes a strong case for the impact of Stern's shooting in the remaining years of British rule through meticulous research and a profound understanding of the forces at play during this historic conflagration.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
11/01/2014
British military historian (Bomber Boys; Fighter Boys) and novelist (A Good War) Bishop turns his sights to the struggle between the British police and underground groups in Mandatory Palestine. Bishop traces the life stories—and final fatal encounter—of Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, a British-born Palestinian police officer, and Jewish firebrand Avraham Stern, leader of the militant splinter "Stern Gang" of the Irgun and right-wing rival of the Haganah underground, which became Israel's Defense Force. Though he examines all available documents and records in an effort to determine whether Stern's death at the hands of Morton was murder or truly a case of "shot while attempting to escape," Bishop leaves that question unresolved. Stern associates Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir were perceived as criminals under the British mandate yet became founding fathers and future prime ministers of Israel. Stern only became a hero to many there postmortem. Clearly representing the point of view of the colonial British authorities, the author largely avoids demonizing or making heroes of either of his main protagonists, a failing of most English and Israeli accounts of the period. VERDICT Of interest to those seeking context of the events immediately preceding the foundation of Israel. [See Prepub Alert, 6/8/14.]—Joel Neuberg, Santa Rosa Junior Coll. Lib., CA
Max Hastings
“I know of no more thoughtful nor yet more moving study of their achievement.”
James Holland
“No one reading this book can possibly doubt the heroism of those involved…there can’t be a finer history.”
Daily Telegraph (London) on FIGHTER BOYS
“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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062267849
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/2/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 192,639
  • File size: 15 MB
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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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