Winner of the Everett Family Jewish Book of the Year Award (a National Jewish Book Award) and the RUSA Sophie Brody Medal.
In Like Dreamers, acclaimed journalist Yossi Klein Halevi interweaves the stories of a group of 1967 paratroopers who reunited Jerusalem, tracing the history of Israel and the divergent ideologies shaping it from the Six-Day War to the present.
Following the lives of seven young members from the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade, the unit responsible for restoring Jewish sovereignty to Jerusalem, Halevi reveals how this band of brothers played pivotal roles in shaping Israel’s destiny long after their historic victory. While they worked together to reunite their country in 1967, these men harbored drastically different visions for Israel’s future.
One emerges at the forefront of the religious settlement movement, while another is instrumental in the 2005 unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. One becomes a driving force in the growth of Israel’s capitalist economy, while another ardently defends the socialist kibbutzim. One is a leading peace activist, while another helps create an anti-Zionist terror underground in Damascus.
Featuring an eight pages of black-and-white photos and maps, Like Dreamers is a nuanced, in-depth look at these diverse men and the conflicting beliefs that have helped to define modern Israel and the Middle East.
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About the Author
Yossi Klein Halevi is an American-born journalist who has lived in Jerusalem since 1982. He is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and the author of At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew's Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land and Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A wonderfully well written book covering the lives of six young paratroopers from the time they seized the Dome of the Rock in the Six Day War until present day. Each had an entirely different personality, and social and economic views. The book was built around their lives and the sharp disagreements between the old line secular religious left wing kibbutzim and the ultra religious right wing Israelis, which kept the country in a sharp divide while they still had to fight Arab terrorism. It made me understand the internal problems in the only democracy in the Near East, a book anyone who is interested in Israel should read.
Yossi Halevi's book "Like Dreamers" is an exciting and accurate account of life as a paratrooper in the IDF; it a vivid description of the various people from different backgrounds within the kibbutz movement, which for the most part were socialistic and secular and their juxtaposition with paratroopers from the Dati (Orthodox) community,as well as a heart-wrenching presentation of the changes in attitude that can take place when one goes to war read this excellent book. As a former Army paratrooper, an individual who conducted research on kibbutzim in 1990-91, and follow-up studies in Israel in 2003-04 I could relate to all aspects of the Halevi book. If you have an deep interest in the evolution over the past 65 years of Israel, or military life in a country surrounded and outnumber by those who wish to kill you and your family, and/or an accurate and passionate description of the how and why communal life on how kibbutzniks and kibbutzim evolved in the last 4 decades read this extremely well-written book. The factual information, insights, and writing style of Halevi should rivet you to this book. Charles L. Richman, PhD