The Making of Modern Israel: 1948-1967
April 2009, Polity
Chapter One: The War of Independence.
Chapter Two: Arab Refugees.
Chapter Three: The Ingathering of the Exiles.
Chapter Four: Early Social, Political and Economic Developments.
Chapter Five: The Scourge of Arab Infiltration.
Chapter Six: Operation Kadesh: The Sinai Campaign.
Chapter Seven: Interlude Between Wars.
Chapter Eight: The Lead Up To The Six Day War.
Chapter Nine: The Six Day War and Its Aftermath.
Covers from the founding of the State in 1948 to the Six-Day war
of 1967: a time within which Israel fought three separate wars and
saw its population double due to mass immigration.
Draws on a vast range of sources both in English and
Judiciously balanced and reliable.
"This volume could very well last as required reading about
Israeli history for the next decade to come."
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
"Stein's volume is even-handed substantively and stylistically,
which makes it a very good choice for an introductory text in
university courses about Israel or the Arab–Israeli
"Stein takes us on a fascinating tour, highlighting major and
lesser events in the history of young Israel."
Democracy and Security
"Balanced, well researched and will substantially extend the
knowledge of any student of Israeli history."
Birmingham Jewish Recorder
"Leslie Stein explains in this eloquent, highly readable and
well-researched study how the Israeli state overcame the threat to
its existence and emerged as the most feared military power in the
Middle East ... Stein's account of the events leading up to the
1967 war is one of the most masterly and lucid to appear in years
... There is little doubt that his study will be viewed as an
indispensible authority on one of the most intractable conflicts of
"This book can serve as a refresher course for more knowledgable
readers and a sound introduction for novices."
"There is little left uncovered in this up-to-date and
meticulously researched book. Anybody wanting a quick and easily
understandable account of Israel’s formative years would do
well to read this refreshing, informative and concise
Canadian Jewish News
"He offers a good historic overview of the respective period,
his book is elegantly written, easy to read and his knowledge of
the material is broad."
"Any reader of this book, however familiar he or she is with the
history of this crucial period, is bound to learn something."
"The deeper into the twenty-first century we get the less we
know about the twentieth. This ignorance has so distorted even
educated people’s grasp of the conflict between Israel and
its Palestinian and other Arab neighbours that public discussion of
it routinely descends into half-bias, half drivel. Leslie Stein's
elegant and learned book is, first of all, truthful, a rare enough
quality in this research area. Beyond that, it is well written and
argumentative in the sense that his topic requires. The years
1948-1967 constitute the crucible of discord. Without a clear
understand of these two decades, which this volume so amply
provides, the citizen is in the desert with only mirages to
(mis)lead him or her."
Martin Peretz, Editor-In-Chief of The New Republic
"With great verve and a robust appreciation for the Zionist
achievement, Leslie Stein accurately captures the drama, excitement
and danger of the fledgling Jewish state's first two decades, thus
putting its current tribulations in perspective.
Daniel Pipes, Director of The Middle East Forum (Pennsylvania) and Taube/Diller distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University
Michael Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem and author of Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
"Continuing his masterful previous history of Israel before
statehood, Leslie Stein tells the complicated story of the state's
first nineteen years in this highly readable, admirably concise and
eminently fair-minded account. Threading his way deftly through
controversial minefields with sure footing, Stein manages to convey
the best up-to-date scholarship with unusual clarity. This book is
strongly recommended for the general reader and as an excellent
introductory text for the classroom."
Alan Dowty, Emeritus Professor of University of Notre Dame and author of Israel/Palestine
David Pryce-Jones, former senior editor of National Review, former literary editor of the Financial Times and of the Spectator and author of The Closed Circle