In the wake of the Holocaust, the State of Israel came into being as a homeland for all Jews. Since then, five wars have tested Israel's ability to survive, and influxes of emigrants enhanced the country's culture yet strained its social fabric. Now, as Israel celebrates 70 years of independence, the nation's fascinating story is told by renowned historian Martin Gilbert, complete with images of important historical documents.
Martin Gilbert was Winston Churchill's official biographer. His books include Arab-Israel Conflict Atlas (now in its eighth edition) and History of Israel. His Jewish History Atlas is a classic work of reference. He was a visiting professor at both Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University, and spent part of every year in Israel. He has also written histories of the First and Second World Wars, D-Day, the day the war ended (in 1945), and the Holocaust.