Israel Is Real
- Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
- Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 27-04-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Though you can burn a city, you cannot sack an idea or kill a book. But in our own time, Zionists have turned the book back into a temple. And unlike an idea, a temple can be destroyed. The creation of Israel has made Jews vulnerable in a way they have not been for 2,000 years.
In Israel Is Real, Rich Cohen's superb new history of the Zionist idea and the Jewish state, the history of a nation is chronicled as if it were the biography of a person. He brings to life dozens of fascinating figures, each driven by the same impulse: to reach Jerusalem. From false messiahs, such as David Alroy (Cohen calls him the first superhero, with his tallis as a cape) and Sabbatai Zevi, who led thousands on a mad spiritual journey, to the early Zionists (many of them failed journalists), to the iconic figures of the modern Jewish Sparta, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon, Cohen shows how all these lives together form a single story, a single life.
In this unique book, Cohen examines the myth of the wandering Jew, the paradox of Jewish power (how can you be both holy and nuclear?), and the triumph and tragedy of the Jewish state - how the creation of modern Israel has changed what it means to be a Jew anywhere.
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Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By carrosvoss on 07-03-15
Poetic but full of facts.
What did you like most about Israel Is Real?
This is a funny book. Parts are waxing lyrical, poetic and full of flowing words like river is full of water. Between are hard facts and exceptionally clever analysis. Together this blend forms an interesting narration, enjoyable and yet informative.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
You can't make a film of this book. It might be chronological narration but you just can't sqiz it into that form without killing the subject.
Any additional comments?
As long as you remember there is a lot of poetic language separating hard facts and analysis, you'll enjoy it immensely. And this is not a PC book, there are some harsh truths and some uncomfortable ones as well. Well balanced and multifaceted.
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By Dennis on 12-02-11
This book flows from story to story telling the history of Israel not like a history book but instead an ongoing story that continues today.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Itsderaj on 15-09-15
Great info on Israel/Great narration.
Cohen provides great insight into the dynamic and long, long history that is Judaism and Israel. Cohen's writing is funny, poetic, and informative. Unfortunately, at times, the writing is a little long-winded; however, if you want the nitty-gritty, fear not. The narration is fantastic.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful