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  1. Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict
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  2. Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict

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A probing look at one of the most incendiary subjects of our time—the relationship between the United States and Israel

There has been more than half a century of raging conflict between Jews and Arabs—a violent, costly struggle that has had catastrophic repercussions in a critical region of the world. In Genesis, John B. Judis argues that, while Israelis and Palestinians must shoulder much of the blame, the United States has been the principal power outside the region since the end of World War II and as such must account for its repeated failed diplomacy efforts to resolve this enduring strife.

The fatal flaw in American policy, Judis shows, can be traced back to the Truman years. What happened between 1945 and 1949 sealed the fate of the Middle East for the remainder of the century. As a result, understanding that period holds the key to explaining almost everything that follows—right down to George W. Bush's unsuccessful and ill-conceived effort to win peace through holding elections among the Palestinians, and Barack Obama's failed attempt to bring both parties to the negotiating table. A provocative narrative history animated by a strong analytical and moral perspective, and peopled by colorful and outsized personalities and politics, Genesis offers a fresh look at these critical postwar years, arguing that if we can understand how this stalemate originated, we will be better positioned to help end it.

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I just spent the weekend holding my Kindle Paperwhite and reading this entire 400-plus page book. What could possibly make a book about the history of Zionism, its entanglements in U.S. politics, and the agonized emergence of the State of Israel a page turner? Well, it is an experience almost like that of a person raised in a dogmatically religious household, hearing for years nothing but repetitions of the Bible, knowing no one except bible-school classmates, who suddenly picks up a careful scientific, reasoned,fact-based discussion of religion and reality. And sits muttering to himself: No one ever told me this! Why didn't anyone tell me this? How could I swallow all of that? Even knowing that when he begins to try to discuss his new ideas, his new insights, his mother will start crying--or cursing--and his dad may punch him in the mouth and kick him out of the house.

I am not and never was even FAINTLY as naive as the young man of my parable. I studied history,... Read more
Hysterics are resorting to the tiresome “anti-semitic” smear to demonize this book and intimidate potential readers. Author John B. Judis dares to demonstrate concern for facts that support the case of the dispossessed Palestinians, ergo he is “anti-semitic.” Is this the best his critics can do? In his book Genesis, Judis shows that Zionism was a colonial project and demonstrates the influence of the Israeli lobby in the United States. He offers prima facie evidence of how a U.S. President — Harry Truman — was relentlessly pressured into recognizing the theft of Palestinian land and the establishment of an Israeli Judaic nationalist state. In this regard, Judis indicts American liberals who were progressives in matters of civil rights and labor unions, yet callously indifferent to the fate of the Palestinians under Israeli subjugation. These liberals convinced Truman to bow to the Israeli demand for a supremacist, racial-chauvinist state in the... Read more
The book is barely out, and already the hasbara (propaganda) brigades are out, creating one- and two-star reviews based on ideology, not on what's actually in the book. (I'd bet good money most of them haven't even cracked it open.) Just unsubstantiated insults and accusations. It's seen on virtually every book that challenges elements of the Zionist narrative, and it's quite tiresome.

Here's some unsolicited advice to low-star reviewers who haven't read it yet: Try actually reading the book. You don't have to agree with everything, but try to keep an open enough mind to just consider that some of what you've been led to believe may have a few holes in it.
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