Reviews

The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival

The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival

September 2011
Hardcover · 288 Pages
$26.99 U.S. · £17.99 U.K. · €19.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781586485290
PublicAffairs

 
Kirkus Reviews, July 7, 2011
“[A] chronicle of the existential insecurity that has tipped Israel’s fall from grace, and a strong plea to quit its role as occupying power to the Palestinians…Tapping into his access to the defense structure, Goodman does a solid job depicting Israel’s ‘ball of thorns.’”
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, August 23, 2011
“The book is lucid and lively, utterly fascinating, and full of surprises… ‘The Anatomy of Israel’s Survival’ is provocative, to be sure, but Goodman is a persuasive advocate. At a time when so many commentators are reduced to fatalism and despair, he sees a path to peace and security even if he always reminds his reader that the way forward is treacherous…Goodman shows himself to be an optimist with open eyes and clear vision, common sense and real courage.” ‘
Jerusalem Post, August 26, 2011
“Goodman is a good storyteller, and intersperses his narrative with anecdotes to illustrate his thesis….An easy read (I finished it in a night), it should be of interest to anyone who cares about Israel’s future.”
Foreign Affairs, September/October, 2011
“Magisterial… A career U.S. diplomat, Tomsen served as Washington's special envoy to the Afghan resistance in 1989–92, an experience that gave him almost unrivaled personal insight into Afghanistan's slide from anti-Soviet jihad into civil war. His account of the country's political dynamics before, during, and after this period is exhaustively researched, levelheaded, and persuasive….The Wars of Afghanistan should have a place among the indispensable books on the topic.”
Washington Jewish Week, October 6, 2011
“Whether or not you agree with the author's assessment, The Anatomy of Israel's Survival is a thoughtful analysis of the formidable problems facing the Jewish state written in a clear, no-nonsense style by an Israeli insider. If you care deeply about Israel, this book is for you.”
Moment magazine, November/December 2011
“Its mosaic of worries and prescriptions offers unusual clarity. That’s no surprise: Reporting from Israel in the 1980s, I knew Hirsh Goodman as a good man to call when I wanted to hear something sensible.… He has now done something rare in the literature of Middle East analysis by being unpredictable and unvarnished in his comprehensive appraisal of his country’s life expectancy.”
Jewish Journal of Greater LA
“a lucid, lively, utterly fascinating and ultimately surprising take on the strategic predicament of the Jewish state.”
Jewish Ideas Daily
“It is a relief… to read veteran Israeli journalist Hirsh Goodman's new book, The Anatomy of Israel's Survival. Goodman is no apologist for Israel, but his book makes what has become a novel argument: Why not recognize that Israel is a complex, dynamic, and democratic country and, well, sort of leave it alone?
JTNews (Washington state)
“Summarizing Israel’s history and place in the Middle East, he reviews the challenges to its survival, both internal and external. He offers a hopeful stance that conflict is not inevitable.”