Barry Rubin is professor and director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel. He is also editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs and author of numerous books on the Middle East.
"There have been many hundreds of books for and against Israel but no volume presenting the essential information about its domestic politics, its society, as well as its cultural life and its economy. This gap has now been filled."-Walter Laqueur, author of A History of Zionism -- Walter Laqueur "[An] essential resource for readers interested in learning the truth about the Zionist project in the 20th and 21st centuries."-Sol Stern, Commentary -- Sol Stern Commentary "Offering in-depth perspectives with encyclopedic breadth on the makeup of the Jewish state, focusing only briefly on Israel's struggle for self-preservation. The section "History" provides a masterful summary of Israel's past from its socialist beginnings before independence to the modern struggles with the Iranian regime..."-Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly "A well-written portrait of a vibrant nation at the center of turmoil in the region."-Jay Freeman, Booklist -- Jay Freeman Booklist "It is indeed just a starting point, but Israel: An Introduction, if disseminated among our universities to the extent it deserves, will at least allow students of the Middle East and of Jewish history to start off on the right foot. A glimpse into the real Israel may do more for the future of U.S.-Israeli relations than any amount of rhetoric ever could."-Daniel Perez, Jewish Voice New York -- Daniel Perez Jewish Voice New York