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Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with My Most Challenging Client

Alan M. Dershowitz



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03 September 2019
History; Religion & politics
Alan Dershowitz has spent years advocating for his most challenging client -the state of Israel-both publicly and in private meetings with high level international figures, including every US president and Israeli leader of the past 40 years. Replete with personal insights and unreported details, Defending Israel offers a comprehensive history of modern Israel from the perspective of one of the country's most important supporters. Readers are given a rare front row seat to the high profile controversies and debates that Dershowitz was involved in over the years, even as the political tides shifted and the liberal community became increasingly critical of Israeli policies.

Beyond documenting America's changing attitude toward the country, Defending Israel serves as an updated defense of the Jewish homeland on numerous points-though it also includes Dershowitz's criticisms of Israeli decisions and policies that he believes to be unwise. At a time when Jewish Americans as a whole are increasingly uncertain as to who supports Israel and who doesn't, there is no better book to turn to for answers-and a pragmatic look toward the future.
By:   Alan M. Dershowitz
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 145mm,  Width: 218mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9781250179968
ISBN 10:   1250179963
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ is a world-renowned author, criminal lawyer, law professor, and civil liberties defender. He is the author of more than twenty books, including The Case for Israel, Letters to a Young Lawyer, and Defending Israel, and his writing has been praised by literary figures from Truman Capote to Elie Wiesel. His books have sold over a million copies total, and over a million people have heard him lecture. He lives in New York City.

Reviews for Defending Israel: The Story of My Relationship with My Most Challenging Client

Dershowitz has always liked a good argument, and he has found plenty of fodder in Israeli policies over the decades...In fighting for Israel on the public stage, the author has often condemned the legitimization, by some elements of the political left, of Palestinian aggression--yet he also defends 'the right of those who demonized express their hateful views.' This distinction of basic civil rights has become personal in recent years, as students on college campuses have attempted to ban Dershowitz from speaking engagements...Unbowed and proud, Dershowitz leaves readers with a singing endorsement of 'the most successful new nation that has been born--really reborn--during the past century.' --Kirkus Review [Dershowitz] accepts the mantle of Israel's public defender, and his new book can be seen as a kind of trial brief...At the same time, Defending Israel is a memoir, both sentimental and poignant...There is a certain solemnity and gravity to his latest book, which serves as a charge to his fellow Americans and his fellow Jews: 'We must determine our destiny, write our future history, and assure the survival of the Jewish people and their nation-state forever.' --Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal Defending Israel is an important and timely addition to the current history of the Middle East and Israel. It is an authoritative account of Israel's dependence on the popular support in the West. Dershowitz explores Israel's security issues in the light of rising anti-Semitism and diminishing support for Israel among Western youth. He argues that these trends should be reversed...A necessary read if you are interested in Middle Eastern politics and security dynamics. --The Washington Book Review

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