From historical narratives to modern-day stories, enjoy from a variety of authors who detail Israel’s extraordinary diversity.
Donna Rosenthal’s book focuses on the insanely diverse group of 8 million individuals who live in Israel. From “Arab Jews” to Ethiopian immigrants and devout Christians, this small country fits a large variety of people.
David Borg’s book is an attempt to demystify some of the unknowns and disputed facts about Israel’s tumultuous history.
Daniel Gordis, a respected Israel analyst, writes the first comprehensive history of the state of Israel, from the beginning to the present day.
Anita Shapira starts her recount of the history of Israel in the year 1881. By combining her personal story with historical facts and figures, the book is both a novel and compelling mystery.
This graphic non-fiction book uses photographs, illustrations, and digital art to recount Israel’s impressive history, written by Marv Wolfman, Mario Ruiz, and William J. Rudin.
Israel, after facing its own water shortage, remedied its issues and now is at the forefront of cutting-edge water technology. Seth Siegel’s book is based on meticulous research and interviews that show how Israel can lead as an example for other countries.
Michael Brenner touches on the difficulty Israelis face as they try to be like other nations, while simultaneously trying to be at the forefront and act as a “light unto the nations.”
Richard Cohen, a journalist for The Washington Post, writes a combination between a memoir, recount of history, as well as an explanation for a controversial column he wrote in 2006.
Hirsh Goodman is a senior research associate for the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. He analyzes Israel’s security, history, and prospects for peace in this book.
Ari Shavit uses interviews, historical documents, and his own family’s story in order to highlight important moments in Israel’s history.
This narrative showcases Jerusalem, a city centered around so many wars, destruction, and turmoil. The book, by Simon Sebag Montefiore, also focuses on the many people who left their mark on the city.
Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman tells the tale of Israel’s first spies, focusing on four main characters who were part of a unit known as the Arab Section.
This story, written by Mira Katzburg-Yungman, focuses on the group of women in 1912 who formed what is now “the largest collective project of women in the Diaspora.” Hadassah has played a critical role during Israel’s many hardships.
Filled with documents and texts, Bonna Devora Haberman focuses on topics that make the reader think about Zionism and Israel. The book is riddled with Mishna, Gemara, Midrash, and Rabbinical thought.
Longtime chief of NBC’s Tel Aviv news bureau chief Martin Fletcher walked the entirety of Israel’s coastline, observing often-ignored parts of the country, to tell a “different and truer story” in this book.
BONUS: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew and the Heart of the Middle East
Sandy Tolman’s book is a true story about the relationship between one Arab and one Jewish family. The two families are tied together by a piece of property that resides in a much disputed region of the country.