O Jerusalem! ★★★★½

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Title: O Jerusalem!
Series: ———-
Author: Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 745
Format: Paperback Edition



A brief history of the events leading up to Britain’s departure from the Holy Land in 1948 and the war for survival that Israel then fought against 5 Arab countries.

Taken from newspapers, private journal entries, interviews, government documents, Collins and Lapierre weave a narrative of courage, horror, bravery, cowardice, ingenuity and turn what could have been a dry recounting by the numbers of the birth of a modern nation into something that had a face of its peoples.


My Thoughts:

My, my, what a good start to my first dedicated foray into non-fiction. I’d read this back in 2000 and just remembered that I’d really enjoyed it then. I thoroughly enjoyed it again.

I also enjoyed reading about events from both sides, both Israeli and Arab. Getting accounts from both sides allowed the authors to delve a lot deeper and to make connections that wouldn’t be possible without that knowledge. They also don’t fall into the trap of worshiping one side and demonizing the other.

That being said, they also don’t pull any punches. The Moslem Brotherhood is shown for the terrorist group it is. Anyone who watched the events of the Arab Spring in Egypt a couple of years ago will know their name. They’re as “moderate” as Hillary Clinton and President Obama. The authors also show how a splinter group of the Israeli military (the Stern Gang I think?) tried to pull a coup and caused the official army to have to fire on its own people, WHILE THE WAR WAS GOING ON.

It is amazing how politics played such a huge part. For all that the Arab leaders were talking publicly about wiping Israel off the face of the earth, privately they were dead set against such a war. But they wouldn’t keep their mouths shut and their people were ignorant savages and when you get that kind of combination, well, you get war.

There were very few footnotes or anything, but at the end of the book were almost 30 pages of sources and each chapter had its own little heading showing what sources were used to substantiate the chapter. Made me feel much better and that the authors weren’t pulling rabbits out of hats.



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23 thoughts on “O Jerusalem! ★★★★½

    1. The edition I read was printed in ’73. I think the hardcover version from readers digest (they sponsored it) might have come out the year before? But yeah, the early 70’s.

      I love the cover 😀

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  1. Great review!

    I’m so glad you reviewed this because I am gathering up as many books as I can on the history of Israel. My husband and I are traveling there this October and we’ve been learning as much as we can, especially since 1948. I’m definitely looking this book up.

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    1. Doing one of those Holy Land Tours? Hope you have a great time.

      While this is a longer book, it is still very personable and enjoyable. It also has a whole section of pictures and some maps I think. Very useful if you’re going to be there soon 🙂


  2. I am still quite shocked that this war has been going on from since way back when Jesus was still around. That people are so fucked up and cannot put differences aside in a peaceful manner. I know I might be very ignorant since casting of my ties with Christianity, but I still live acording to the comandments in my own way. I just want peace…

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    1. Frelling crap. I had written a whole post of a comment and then my computer crashed. GRRRRRRR!

      Basically, it comes down to a belief that is so great that it defines who you are. The Jews belief something and the Arabs believe something else. Those beliefs are in conflict and they CAN’T mutually co-exist.

      I would like to point out that is mainly the Arabs who are the aggressors. They’re the ones who keep saying “drive Israel into the sea” and making genocidal remarks about the Jews. Meanwhile, the Jews probably have a secret nuke or two and yet they haven’t used one.

      While peace is a great idea, it must flow from the same fountain. Denying what you hold more precious than life itself for peace is not a good foundation.

      Then it gets even more complicated with outsiders who don’t believe either of them are correct trying to tell them what to do. So until they all believe the same thing, there isn’t even a hope of peace.

      And to preach at you here 😉

      Until they recognize Jesus as their God and their Savior, they never will have peace.

      And that was the abbreviated, short, re-written version 😀 I’m hitting post comment before my computer crashes again!

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      1. Glad this one came through. Thank you for it. I do not want to discuss matters of religion on here as I am not the best person for it. I am just gratefull we can be friends even tho we have diff views.

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  3. There are lots of historical topics like this that I wish I had more time to read. I used to read a lot about airline terrorism and the hijackings of the 70’s-Delta Force was a film I watched countless times!

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    1. Chuck Norris approves your comment! 😀

      I’m trying to get into more non-fiction so I figure it will take a couple of years to scope out what genres I like. I’m in no rush though 🙂

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    1. The edition I read had “By the Authors of “Is Paris Burning?” plastered all over the front. This was good enough that I’m seriously considering tracking down Paris Burning and adding it to the queue.

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  4. Very bold choice for your first dedicated foray into non-fiction 🙂

    Not going to argue about ’48, we seem to be of similar views about it. I grew disillusioned with Israeli politics only quite recently, but that’s another – and quite complicated – discussion.

    Interestingly enough, I’ve recently read a very well-researched book touching this subject from a very specific perspective – Ronen Bergman’s “Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations” – actually a history of Israeli intelligence services, with special attention paid to lethal operations. Fascinating insight into a very important area of region’s history, and into the mechanism of how military, politics and secret services operate and influence each other.

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    1. Well, considering I’ve already read it years ago and liked it, I actually figured this would be an easy in 🙂

      I’m not surprised about disillusionment. As much as I’m pro-Israel, I’m coming there from a Biblical/theological standpoint, NOT because I think they’re the bestest peoples ever. The Jews today are the descendants of those we read about in the Bible and those people tested God Himself.

      I’ll have to see if my library has that book. It sounds very intriguing.

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