The galaxy of stars who have made headlines for their trips includes Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Madonna, and Scarlett Johansson. While diverse socially and politically, they all served as prisms for the evolution of U.S.-Israeli relations, as Israel, the darling of the political and cultural Left in the 1950s and early 1960s, turned into the darling of the political Right from the late 1970s. Today, as relations between the two nations have only intensified, stars must consider highly fraught issues, such as cultural boycotts, in planning their itineraries.
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This ambitious and far-ranging book colorfully contributes what no other book does to our understanding of the 'special relationship' that the United States has developed with Israel. This volume is a terrific accomplishment.Stephen J. Whitfield, author of In Search of American Jewish Culture
A brave book, with new insights into the workings of cultural diplomacy and soft power between the United States and Israel, Starstruck in the Promised Land reveals a powerful perspective on the role that celebrity pop culture has played in U.S.-Israeli relations. The book sheds new light on how and why the two nations have developed a uniquely close, almost codependent relationship, currently as vexed as ever. The author's own experiences on the ground in Israel are especially compelling.David W. Stowe, author of Song of Exile and No Sympathy for the Devil