Ahron Bregman - Cursed Victory (2nd Hand Paperback)
Subtitled : A History of Israel & The Occupied Territories.
In a move that would forever alter the map of the Middle East, Israel captured the West Bank, Golan Heights, Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula in 1967's brief but pivotal Six Day War.
Cursed Victory is the first complete history of the war's troubled aftermath - a military occupation of the Palestinian territories that is now well into its fifth decade.
Drawing on unprecedented access high-level sources, top-secret memos and never-before-published letters, the book provides a gripping and unvarnished chronicle of how what Israel promised would be an 'enlightened occupation' quickly turned sour, and the anguished diplomatic attempts to bring it to an end.
Bregman sheds fresh light on critical moments in the peace process, taking us behind the scenes as decisions about the fate of the territories were made, and more often, as crucial opportunities to resolve the conflict were missed.
As the narrative moves from Jerusalem to New York, Oslo to Beirut, and from the late 1960's to the present day, Cursed Victory provides vivid portraits of the key players in this unfolding drama, including Moshe Dayan, King Hussein of Jordan, Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat.
Yet Bregman always reminds us how diplomatic and back-room negotiations affected the daily lives of millions of Arabs, and how the Palestinian resistance, especially during the first and second intifadas, in turn shaped political developments.
As Bregman concludes, the occupation has become a dark stain on Israel's history, and an era when international opinion of the country shifted decisively. Cursed Victory is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the origins of the ongoing conflict in the region.
- Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
- Condition : As New
- Category : Non-Fiction - The Rest of The World
- Published : 2015 (Penguin)
- ISBN : 9780141017235
- SKU : B001898
- PPC : SP400gm
- RRP : £9.99
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
Cover note : Damaged looking cover is down to a photographer & a graphic designer (again).
"Excellent . . . essential reading" - Jeremy Bowen, New Statesman.
"If you are interested in the Israel-Palestine conflict then this is one of the best books to give you an insight into all of its machinations. The author is now an academic but grew up in Israel, served in the army there and had access to most of the key people and key documents associated with the issues surrounding the occupied territories. Astonishingly, this includes tapes made in secret by the Israeli security services of conversations between various US presidents and their advisors during the negotiations with Israeli and Palestinian leaders." - Goodreads Review.