The Sword and the Olive
A Critical History of the Israeli Defense Force
By (author) Martin van Creveld
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Sword and the Olive by Martin van Creveld
Book DescriptionCombining 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 DetailsISBN: 9781586481551
(229mm x 152mm x 29mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 13-Jun-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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"[A] brisk, original, and authoritative history." --New York Times Book Review
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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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