1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War
Why this book?
Morris’s 1948 is regarded by leading scholars in the field as the leading work on the subject. It offers a clear chronology and astute assessment of the intersection of the war’s military and political developments. Of particular importance for Israel’s Moment is Morris’s examination of the Arab rejection of the United Nations Partition Plan as a form of Jihad inspired by religious fundamentalism, and his understanding of the interaction between the debates at the United Nations in New York and the events on the battlefield in 1947 and 1948 in Palestine and then Israel.