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Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947

Publisher

Vintage; Reprint edition, 2016

ISBN

0307741613
Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947

Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle For Israel, 1917-1947

In this groundbreaking work, Bruce Hoffman—America’s leading expert on terrorism—brilliantly re-creates the crucial thirty-year period that led to the birth of Israel. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Anonymous Soldiers shows how the efforts of two militant Zionist groups brought about the end of British rule in the Middle East. Hoffman shines new light on the bombing of the King David Hotel, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, the leadership of Menachem Begin, the life and death of Abraham Stern, and much else. Above all, he shows exactly how the underdog “anonymous soldiers” of Irgun and Lehi defeated the British and set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the creation of the formidable nation-state of Israel. 

One of the most detailed and sustained accounts of a terrorist and counterterrorist campaign ever written, Hoffman has crafted the definitive account of the struggle for Israel—and an impressive investigation of the efficacy of guerilla tactics. Anonymous Soldiers is essential to anyone wishing to understand the current situation in the Middle East. 

About the Author

Bruce Hoffman

Bruce Hoffman

Global Fellow;
Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service; a visiting senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center
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