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The Reckoning: How the Killing of One Man Changed the Fate of the Promised Land (Anglais) Relié – 27 février 2014


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From the best-selling author of 'Fighter Boys', the mesmerising true story of two ruthless adversaries and the wartime killing of Avraham Stern - an event that shook the modern world. On a cold morning in February 1942, with the world plunged in the horrors of World War Two, Avraham Stern hid in an attic in Tel Aviv, a price on his head. He'd been on the run for weeks, his picture blazoned across newspapers all over Palestine. As leader of the Stern Gang, he had committed spectacular and murderous crimes, sparking outcry from both British and Jewish groups. An intellectual poet and mystic, Stern believed himself destined for greatness; the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. Drawn always to the margins - his writings were drenched in images of martyrdom and blood. Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, a middle-class Londoner who had swopped milk deliveries for the dangers of colonial policing, was the man tasked with stopping Stern. Seemingly so different, in fact the men had much in common - ambition, dedication and conviction in his own righteousness. The incidents of that morning would be endlessly contested but two things were clear; Morton had cornered Stern and, minutes later, shot him dead. The shots Morton fired that day would echo down the remaining years of British rule in Palestine and through the titanic events that shaped the birth of Israel. Based on revelatory research, the private archive of Morton and interviews with witnesses, 'The Reckoning' is the first book to tell the tale of a rebel who terrorized Palestine, the lawman determined to stop him and the creation of a cult of martyrdom that destroyed any hope of compromise between Arab and Jew.


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Extremely fair and objective historical research. A gripping read. 6 avril 2014
Par bibliophile - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a young Jewish teenager in the fifties I was exposed to various differing versions of these events by adults with conflicting political Zionist agendas. It was all very emotive, and solved nothing of the conundrum for me. Now, as a thoughtful adult, I would really like to know what actually took place. It seems to me that Patrick Bishop presents as even-handed a history as is humanly possible, of extremely tangled and emotion-laden events. He has undertaken deep historical research, in an utterly non-judgmental way, and presents the picture with real empathy to all the participants in this sad twentieth century saga.
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Mr Bishop presents an interesting story of the hunt for ... 27 octobre 2014
Par John Gornall - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Mr Bishop presents an interesting story of the hunt for, and the killing of Stern, in Palestine. The book illustrates the dedication of the Palestine Police, and in particular Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, in trying in vain to contain terrorism at a time when Britain was threatened to be overwhelmed by Nazism,but the author's suggestion that if Stern had not been killed the outcome for Palestine and the creation of Israel would have been different is both speculative and somewhat contrived.
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Reads like a murder mystery 21 novembre 2014
Par harold bruce benfer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Well told detective story. Reads like a murder mystery. However, the author's premise is that a killing changed the course of history in the Middle East; but he doesn't make his case. The Middle East would have slipped into perpetual warfare with or without the killing he describes.
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Bishop recounts a little known chapter of the British mandate ... 11 septembre 2014
Par Graham Wright - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Bishop recounts a little known chapter of the British mandate in Palestine. I remember many of the incidents he mentions, but not the detail. I later served in the Kenya Police where many former Palestine policemen found a home, in particular Dick Catling who became our commissioner, Sir Richard Catling. The situation in Palestine through WWII was confused, giving rise to divided loyalties among the Jewish population and over which Bishop throws some light. Particularly on the topic of terrorist leaders who later rose to high office in Israel. The European background of several of these figures is also also detailed.
The hunt for Avraham Stern, and the destruction and rebirth of Lehi in the Palestine Mandate 8 février 2015
Par Barry Sierer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
While this book has been marketed as nonfiction written like a novel, the book is much more interesting for a different reason. The coverage of the hunt for Avraham Stern is haphazard, and inconsistent, but then again, so was the hunt. The area where the book really succeeds is the coverage of the shifting political dynamics in the Palestine Mandate that changed the allegiances and priorities of the Jewish community, the British administration, and especially “revisionist” groups like the Irgun and Lehi (Stern Gang). Unlike other histories of the Middle East, the author gives much more detailed reasoning behind the target selection, and guerilla campaigns, of the Irgun and Lehi.
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