Book Review: Mandatory reading?

Monty Penkower sheds light on the tumultuous period of 1933 to 1939 in Palestine, when the British turned anti-Zionist and the Zionists were split by internal feuds.

October 14, 2014 15:19
4 minute read.
Road to Jerusalem

An unpaved road to Jerusalem, circa 1936. During the period the book covers, tens of thousands of Jews immigrated to Israel.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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In Palestine in Turmoil: The Struggle for Sovereignty, author Monty Penkower masterfully covers multiple theaters of action – in Mandate Palestine and its surrounding countries, as well as Great Britain, Germany and the United States – and numerous actors, including Zionists from all parties, Arabs of all divisions, the local Mandate officials, British government officials, the Nazis, and American politicians.

Penkower proves to be a historian of the first order, one who marshals hundreds of sources to present a cogent, almost weekly chronological record of six years of men’s failures and successes, their ideas, their ideals, their hatreds and their irrationalities.


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