Shapira has written what is in many respects an important, exhaustive and richly thoughtful march through the annals of Zionishm.
It's a solid starting point for readers who want to negotiate their way through a complex story.
..this is a valuable addition to the historiography of Zionism and its fulfillment in the founding of the Jewish state.
In her magisterial Israel: A History, Anita Shapira concludes with the sombre reflection that Herzl may have been mistaken that a nation state for the Jews would abolish anti-Semitism.
..this is certainly a valuable contribution to the subject, providing readers with an understanding of the complexities of Israel and its history.