The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force [NOOK Book]

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Combining razor-sharp analysis with dramatic narrative, vivid portraits of soldiers and commanders with illuminating discussions of battle tactics and covert actions, The Sword and the Olive traces the history of the IDF from its beginnings in Palestine to today. The book also goes beyond chronology to wrestle with the political and ethical struggles that have shaped the IDF and the country it serves—struggles that are manifesting themselves in the recent tragic escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. ...
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The Sword And The Olive: A Critical History Of The Israeli Defense Force

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Overview


Combining razor-sharp analysis with dramatic narrative, vivid portraits of soldiers and commanders with illuminating discussions of battle tactics and covert actions, The Sword and the Olive traces the history of the IDF from its beginnings in Palestine to today. The book also goes beyond chronology to wrestle with the political and ethical struggles that have shaped the IDF and the country it serves—struggles that are manifesting themselves in the recent tragic escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Often revisionist in attitude, surprising in many of its conclusions, this book casts new light on the struggle for peace in the Middle East.
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Martin Van Creveld, an internationally renowned authority on military affairs, presents an authoritative look at the history of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), from its origins in 1907 during the early attempts to establish a Jewish state to the long (and ongoing) battle with the Palestinians over the Occupied Territories.
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Savagely critical....Van Creveld mercilessly traces the IDF's failures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786725465
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 8/6/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,211,646
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author


Martin van Creveld is a military historian at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Transformation of War, Command in War, and many other books, several of which are required reading for all US Army officers. Two of his children have served in the Israeli Defense Force.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2002

    A Much Needed Criticism... if you can handle it

    Van Crevald does an excellent job of criticizing Israel's military failures. This book is not meant to be an enjoyable read, rather a critical history which at times is dry. I highly reccomend this book, but only if you know the basics of Israeli history beforehand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2002

    Poorly Written; A Difficult Read

    I found this work poorly written, as the author's propensity for capitilization (capitilizing all charcaters in numerous words) and lack of flow and transition made this book difficult to read and digest. The capitilization of transliterated phrases and titles served as a constant interruption, as did the author's blatent inability to present events cohesively. After reading a brilliant book about the IDF in Michael Oren's 'Six Days of Way,' in which Oren suuccessfully compiled a plethora of first-hand accounts into a cohesive and easy-to-digest account of Israel's 6-Day War, the 'Sword and the Olive' stood out as offering nothing more than second-hand analysis without the in-depth, primary research that makes Oren's account so strong. In strongly recommending Michael Oren's 'Six Days of War,' if you're looking to follow his account up with that of Van Creveld, I suggest you look elsewhere.

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