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Examines dispensationalism, the evangelical relationship with Israel, and how it affects American politics regarding the Middle East. This book is intended for those who are interested in American-Israeli relations, history, theology, and politics. less
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Stephen WaltThe other key to understanding US-Israeli relations is the role played by so-called Christian Zionists. (Source)

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Updated through the first term of President George W. Bush, the latest edition of this classic work analyzes how each U.S. president since Lyndon Johnson has dealt with the complex challenge of Arab-Israeli peacemaking. Written especially for classroom use, Peace Process is also an invaluable resource for policymakers and anyone interested in this vital region of the world.

Copub: Brookings Institution
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Stephen WaltThis book is a careful, detailed, systematic and objective look at American involvement in the Israeli-Arab peace process from the 1960s onwards. (Source)

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The Holocaust in American Life

Prize-winning historian Peter Novick illuminates the reasons Americans ignored the Holocaust for so long -- how dwelling on German crimes interfered with Cold War mobilization; how American Jews, not wanting to be thought of as victims, avoided the subject. He explores in absorbing detail the decisions that later moved the Holocaust to the center of American life: Jewish leaders invoking its memory to muster support for Israel and to come out on top in a sordid competition over what group had suffered most; politicians using it to score points with Jewish voters. With insight and sensitivity,... more
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Stephen WaltNovick shows, I think quite convincingly, that efforts to use the Holocaust as a common thread linking Jews together and, in particular, cementing a connection between American Jews and Israel were consciously constructed… (Source)

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Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. less

Ben ShapiroA really terrific book. [...] It's sort of the history of the founding of Israel. (Source)

Stephen WaltExodus is a book that had a profound impact on how many Americans thought about Israel. (Source)

Michael GoldfarbThe book was structured in such a way that it dealt with the Holocaust and the politics of establishing Israel. (Source)

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The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

The Israel Lobby," by John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was one of the most controversial articles in recent memory. Originally published in the London Review of Books in March 2006, it provoked both howls of outrage and cheers of gratitude for challenging what had been a taboo issue in America: the impact of the Israel lobby on U.S. foreign policy.

Now in a work of major importance, Mearsheimer and Walt deepen and expand their argument and confront recent developments in Lebanon and Iran....
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Robin Yassin-KassabMearsheimer and Walt are scholars of great repute, not conspiracy theorists or racists. In this book they argue that the remarkable American financial, military and political support for Israel is motivated primarily by the workings of a powerful right-wing Zionist lobby. This acts against American interests and even against Israel’s long-term security. Mearsheimer and Walt examine who makes up... (Source)

Stephen WaltThe existence of a special relationship – one of nearly unconditional and generous American support – is due almost entirely to the activities of the Israel lobby. (Source)

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Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion... more

Carl BildtExcellent writing, powerful personalities, profound policy lessons. A book well worth reading. (Source)

Clara Jeffery@cityartssf 4/ But then I started it and this is one amazing book. Yes, you learn or relearn about every conflict from Vietnam to Afghanistan. But THE DISH. THE JUICY JUICY DISH, on so many DC/Hollywood/NYC figures. It's a salacious page-turner! It's a beach read. (Source)

Stephen WaltI had a fascinating discussion with fellow Gunn High School alumnus George Packer on his new book about Richard Holbrooke. Take a listen here: (I'll be doing more podcasts in the months ahead, so stay tuned!). (Source)

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