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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (216 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara W. Tuchman Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781455195350
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Two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Barbara Tuchman explores the complex relationship of Britain to Palestine that led to the founding of the modern Jewish state—and to many of the problems that plague the Middle East today.

From early times the British people have been drawn to the Holy Land through two major influences: the translation of the Bible into English and, later, the imperial need to control the road to India and access to the oil in the Middle East. Under these influences, one cultural and the other political, countless Englishmen—pilgrims, crusaders, missionaries, merchants, explorers, and surveyors—have made their way to the land of the ancient Hebrews.

With the lucidity and vividness that characterizes her work, Barbara Tuchman brings to life the development of these twin motives—the Bible and the sword—in the consciousness of the British people. They were finally brought together at the end of World War I, when Britain’s conquest of Palestine from the Turks and the solemn moment of entering Jerusalem were imminent. Requiring a gesture of matching significance, that event evoked the Balfour Declaration of 1917—establishing a British-sponsored national home for the modern survivors of the people of the Old Testament.

In her account, first published in 1956, Ms. Tuchman demonstrates that the seeds of today’s troubles in the Middle East were planted long before the first efforts at founding a modern state of Israel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In her métier as a narrative popular historical writer, Barbara Tuchman is supreme.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Barbara Tuchman is a wise and witty writer, a shrewd observer with a lively command of high drama.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “An interesting appraisal of the various religious and political interests which historically have influenced the British attitude toward Palestine.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “This book is outstanding for its historical grasp and originality...A provocative piece of research and interpretation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Henn | 6/3/2013

    " Not Tuchman's most engaging work. Still, she writes an accessible history of Britain's entanglements in the Middle East that culminated in the Balfour Declaration. Think Suez Canal and an affinity of key players with the Old Testament. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 11/11/2012

    " Drags a little toward the end, with the murkiness of British politics. Overall, a fascinating read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 10/20/2012

    " Ms Tuchman does a great job with her research. A very readable history and background to the Levant and its relationship with England and why Isreal was created. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William J. Shep | 7/29/2012

    " Fascinating account of the ties between England and the Holy Land ranging from the Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade in the 12th Century to the First World War and the Balfour Declaration of 1917 establishing a Jewish Homeland (the basis of modern Israel). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 8/4/2011

    " Tuchman's sympathetic account of the English role in the re-establishment of the Jewish state. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rw | 6/24/2011

    " Barbara Tuchman usually gets into the fine detail the make bigger things happen. In this book she follows the development of first the concept and then the formation of Israel. Very good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Damon | 12/5/2010

    " Meh. I found it difficult to concentrate on this book, and it was a chore to finish. Some of it was interesting. Some passages hinted at an anti-Arab bias. I'm glad I finished. I hope to move on to more interesting books on the subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 7/3/2010

    " There was the odd bit of interest near the front, but more than half the book (basically the last half+) was really just people making statements etc that was incredibly boring and I didn't really care for. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 5/23/2010

    " Great book-very informative and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shep | 6/12/2009

    " Fascinating account of the ties between England and the Holy Land ranging from the Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade in the 12th Century to the First World War and the Balfour Declaration of 1917 establishing a Jewish Homeland (the basis of modern Israel). "

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About the Author
Author Barbara W. Tuchman

Barbara W. Tuchman (1912–1989), American historian, was born in New York City and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1933. A self-trained historian, she was a writer for the Nation and an editor for the US Office of War Information. In her later years she was a lecturer at Harvard and the US Naval War College. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for The Guns of August and in 1972 for Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911–45. She was awarded the 1978 Gold Medal for History from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.