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AMERICAN BOOKS ON ISRAEL AND ZIONISM
1955-1956
By
S o l o m o n K e r s t e i n
T
HOUGH the output of current American publications on
Israel and Zionism has not changed quantitatively, one notes
with satisfaction that the volumes published from May, 1955, to
May, 1956, are definitely superior in timeliness and in subject
matter to those issued during the pervious year. They deal fully
with present socio-political patterns moulding the State of Israel
and the Zionist movement.
In spite of the unresolved Arab-Israel conflict, the sovereignty
of
Medinat Yisrael
is now not only firmly established, but is
recognized as a decisive instrument for the preservation of democ-
racy in the Middle East. Israel, in the midst of the tense East-
West struggle, is presently the victim and scapegoat of the so-
called “arms-race.” However, the continuous state of war cannot
undermine the stability of the country and its people, nor arrest
its remarkable economic, cultural and spiritual development.
The same holds true for Zionism and the World Zionist Organi-
zation in the Diaspora as evidenced by the deliberations and
decisions of the recent Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
These trends are reflected in some of the significant books listed
in this year’s bibliography. Most of them are basic and illuminat-
ing. They delineate the positive and lasting achievements of a
martyr people whose heroic remnants have reestablished statehood
in the land of their fathers.
A
n s h e n
, R
uth
N
anda
,
ed. Mid-East: world center. New York, Harper, 1956.
386 p.
Eighteen international experts make a comprehensive and timely contribu-
tion to understanding in a vital area: the Middle East, birthplace of world
culture and crossroads of current conflict. (Science and Culture Series vol. VII.)
B
aratz
, J
os eph
. A
village by the Jordan: the story of Degania. New York,
Roy Publishers, 1955. 176 p.
The history of the first collective colony (
Kibbutz
) in Israel by one of its
founders.
D
av i s
, M
oshe
,
ed. Israel: its role in civilization. New York, Harper, 1956. 355 p.
A
collection of twenty-three essays on the spiritual role of Israel in the
modern world. Contributors include noted scholars from Israel and America.
E
i s e nb e rg
, A
zr iel
,
ed. Yerushalayim: a reader. Jewish Education Committee
o f New York, 1955. 172 p.
A collection of stories, poems, plays, essays and other material highlighting
the role of Jerusalem throughout its history.
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