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“This is not your Bubbie’s history book.” (Bill Maher, host of Real Time with Bill Maher)

“A fascinating - and very moving - book that should be read by anyone for whom Israel is a mystery.” (Aaron Sorkin, award-winning screenwriter of The West Wing and The Social Network)

A personal, spirited, and concise chronological timeline spanning from Biblical times to today that explores one of the most fascinating countries in the world - Israel.

Israel. The small strip of arid land is 5,700 miles away but remains a hot button issue and a thorny topic of debate. But while everyone seems to have a strong opinion about Israel, how many people actually know the facts?

Here to fill in the information gap is Israeli-American Noa Tishby. Offering a fresh 360-degree view, Tishby brings her straight-shooting, engaging, and slightly irreverent voice to the subject, creating an accessible and dynamic portrait of a tiny country of outsized relevance. Through bite-sized chunks of history and deeply personal stories, Tishby chronicles her homeland’s evolution, beginning in Biblical times and moving forward to cover everything from WWI to Israel’s creation to the real disputes dividing the country today. Tackling popular misconceptions with an abundance facts, Tishby provides critical context around headline-generating controversies and offers a clear, intimate account of the richly cultured country of Israel.

©2021 Noa Tishby. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • 08-05-2021

I hope this book will help

Israeli-American actor and producer Noa Tishby has written with ISRAEL what could be an important pro-Israel and pro-Zionist book if anti-Zionists would read it with an open mind. But they likely will not. Nevertheless, I appreciate her openness and honesty as well as her clear writing style and her superb narration skills although I fear it is all for naught. It is not non-Jewish Zionists like me she needs to convince.

ISRAEL includes lots of history in a book that is also intensely familial and personal. I hope it will get the wide readership it deserves.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-04-2021

Amazing book!!!!!

An incredible and objective view of Israel and Middle East history full of facts, written/read in a way that will make you smile, laugh and shed some tears for sure.
Highly recommended!

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  • Jamie Moore
  • 13-05-2021

So Helpful.. Dang Timely

I’ve always had a cursory idea of Israeli history, but with what has happened this last week and the appearance on Shapiro, I wanted to understand the history more deeply and feel much more educated on the topic. Although the book unpacks a LOT of history, the main points, important points, to help me understand the conflict are covered several times and that’s so helpful.. Lots going on there. I’m sure I’ll listen to it once more so solidify some truths. Really really helpful book!

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  • Ruth
  • 12-05-2021

No Nonsense primer on a misunderstood country

Terrific background and personal stories, always rooted and backed up with data and examples. Enthusiastic and honest performance. Debunks so many misconceptions and popular myths. A must read. Excellent and telling.

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  • jenny
  • 08-05-2021

One of the most important books of our time

This is simply a book that every teacher, every student, every person - who prefers to be educated versus uneducated on one of the most serious and controversial topics of all times - Israel and the Middle East. Listening to Noa read her story is the icing on the cake and the very last handfuls of words spoken are the cherry on top. Read this book. The world needs you to. 🙏🏽

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  • Jocelyn Schaible
  • 06-05-2021

An Extraordinarily Important Read

This is the most fair and balanced account of Israel I’ve ever encountered. And it sets the record straight on issues of BDS, antisemitism, Zionism and anti-Zionism, and other issues that are far too often misunderstood. The clarity Noa Tishby provides is something the world needs badly. May it be widely read, and may its insights pave the way to healing, positivity, understanding, peace and progress.

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  • Paul
  • 05-05-2021

A good book but for who

This book was very well written. It touched on topics that go back thousands of years to just a few months ago. The book mainly details on facts about Israel as well as the personal history and achievements of her family. I myself am a very strong pro Israel pro Zionist person. So I agreed with mostly everything she said. You do have to realize that this is coming from her own opinion and views and it is very one-sided pro Israel.As I agree with many of the things she said I truly enjoyed the book but was the book written for people like me or was the book written for people who really don’t know anything about Israel and would like to educate themselves. And if so how would you get them to read the book also they may find the book very one-sided and not find it truly objective.She took great detail to get all the facts straight she was very factual and very correct in her statements.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-2021

Thank You Noa

As a forty year California lawyer, you would think that the words and tools to speak up for Israel would come easy to me Unfortunately, I get so angry with the bias against and misinformation about Israel that i find it hard to stay calm and make a case as I have been trained to do. Now thanks to Noa I have the facts and a measured voice. I have already bought several hardback copies to share with others. Keep going!

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  • Deb!
  • 26-04-2021

A must read

Noa makes many complex topics accessible to anyone interested in learning. She is extremely knowledgeable about the subject. I think everyone should read or listen to this book. I will be gifting it to several people.

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  • John Malleroy
  • 23-04-2021

Must Read

Israel has always been a controversial subject. This book very fairly makes the case for why the only democracy in the Middle East faces the challenges it does. This is a book for all to read. Especially those who have misgivings about the country. Kudos to Noa for her insights and depth.

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  • Hope
  • 03-05-2021

An absolute must read.

Fantastic book. A great explanation of Israel and perfect whether you love, hate or are indifferent about her. A clear and sensible explanation and an unpicking of the confusions and misunderstandings that surround this tiny yet mammoth country.

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