Further Reading

Recommended reading lists for a deeper understanding of the history and politics of the Middle East.


Avineri, Shlomo, The Making of Modern Zionism: Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State (New York: Basic Books, 1981)


Gilbert, Martin, Israel: A History (London: Doubleday, 1998)

the arab-israeli conflict

Schulze, Kirsten. The Arab-Israeli Conflict (London: Pearson Education, 2008)


More suggested reading


Arian, Asher, Politics in Israel: The Second Republic  (Michigan: CQ Press, 2005)

the prime ministers

Avner, Yehuda, The Prime Ministers (New York: The Toby Press LLC, 2010)


Bregman, Ahron and El-Tahri, Jihan, Israel and the Arabs: An Eyewitness Account of War and Peace in the Middle East (New York: TV Books, 2000)


Eldar, Akiva and Zertal, Idith, Lords of the Land: The War over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007, translated by Vivian Eden (New York: Nation Books, 2009)

from beirut to jerusalem

Friedman, Thomas, From Beirut to Jerusalem (New York: Harper Collins, 1995)

routledge atlas of the arab-israeli conflict

Gilbert, Martin, The Routledge Atlas of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: 9th Edition (Oxford: Routledge, 2008)

The Accidental Empire

Gorenberg, Gershon, The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements 1967-1977 (New York: Holt, 2007)

like dreamers

Klein-Halevi, Yossi, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation (New York: Harper Collins, 2013)

the Arab-Israeli Reader

Laqueur, Walter and Rubin, Barry, The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict (New York: Penguin Books, 2008)

1948- a history of the first arab-israeli war

Morris, Benny, 1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War (Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2008)

Righteous victims- a history of the zionist-arab conflict, 1881-1999

Morris, Benny, Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-1999 (London: Random House, 2001)

once upon a country- a palestinian life

Nusseibeh, Sari and David, Anthony, Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life (London: Picador, 2008)

ally- my journey across the american-israeli divide

Oren, Michael, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide (London: Ballantine Books, 2015)

six days of war- june 1967 and the making of the modern middle east

Oren, Michael, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

the missing peace- the inside story of the fight for middle east peace

Ross, Dennis, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004)

myths, illusions and peace- finding a new direction for america in the middle east

Ross, Dennis and Makovsky, David,  Myths, Illusions and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (New YorkViking, 2009)

a history of israel= from the rise of zionist to our time

Sachar, Howard, A History of Israel: From the Rise of Zionism to Our Time (New York: Knopf, 2007)

armed struggle and the search for state- the palestinian national movement

Sayigh, Yezid, Armed Struggle and the Search for State: The Palestinian National Movement, 1949-1993 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

start-up nation- the stoy of Israel's economic miracle

Senor, Dan and Singer, Saul, Start-Up Nation: The story of Israel’s economic miracle (New York: Twelve, 2011)

israel- a history

Shapira, Anita, Israel: A History (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014)

my promised land- the triumph and tragedy of israel

Shavit, Ari, My Promised Land: the triumph and tragedy of Israel (New York: Spiegel & Grau, 2013)

what do zionists believe

Shindler, Colin, What Do Zionists Believe? (London: Granta Books, 2007)

a history of the israeli-palestinian conflcit

Tessler, Mark, A History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1994)