I get asked fairly regularly for recommendations on books related to Israel and Zionism. Because I spend a good amount of time reading about these issues, for work as well as for pleasure, my Israel bookshelf is pretty substantial, and touches on a lot of different things. Along with my constantly growing bookshelf is my ever-expanind “to read” list, as there’s always something new and exciting coming out on this topic. So, I’m posting here my recommendations for Israel reading. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I encourage you to post books that you think should be added. I’ll be constantly updating it, and posting about the new books that I read.
**Please note that there is no specific order to the list, and that including a book on this list does not indicate an endorsement of the politics or opinions of the book, but rather of their relevance to the Zionist conversation.
Exodus, by Leon Uris
Son of Hamas, by Mosab Hassan Yousef
Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the PResent, by Michael Oren
The Fight for Jerusalem, by Dore Gold
The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land, Donna Rosenthal
The Promise of Israel, by Daniel Gordis
If a Place Can Make You Cry, by Daniel Gordis
Israel: An Echo of Eternity, Abraham Joshua Heschel
Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition, by Yael Zerubavel
Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City, by Maoz Azaryahu