Sword and the Olive by Martin van Creveld
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Sword and the Olive
By Martin van Creveld

The Sword and the Olive

A Critical History of the Israeli Defense Force

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Sword and the Olive by Martin van Creveld

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Combining razor-sharp analysis with dramatic narrative, vivid portraits of soldiers and commanders with illuminating discussions of battle tactics and covert actions, The Sword and the Olive traces the history of the IDF from its beginnings in Palestine to today. The book also goes beyond chronology to wrestle with the political and ethical struggles that have shaped the IDF and the country it serves--struggles that are manifesting themselves in the recent tragic escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Often revisionist in attitude, surprising in many of its conclusions, this book casts new light on the struggle for peace in the Middle East.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586481551
ISBN-10: 158648155X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Martin van Creveld

Martin van Creveld is a military historian at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Transformation of War, Command in War, and many other books, several of which are required reading for all US Army officers. Two of his children have served in the Israeli Defense Force.

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