A classic since its initial publication in 1959, The Zionist Idea is an anthology of writings by the leading thinkers of the Zionist movement, including Theodor Herzl, Ahad Ha-Am, Martin Buber, Louis Brandeis, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Judah Magnes, Max Nordau, Mordecai Kaplan, Vladimir Jabotinsky, Chaim Weizmann, and David Ben-Gurion.
This 1960 "historical analysis and reader" gathers the writings of the most important Zionists of the time. LJ's reviewer stated that the "stress is upon the men's ideas and works as they relate to Zionism. Although the profiles are brief, they are penetrating" (LJ 4/15/60). This edition contains a new introduction and afterword by scholar/editor Hertzberg.