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In June 1967, Israel achieved the unimaginable-a decisive victory against Egypt, Jordan, and Syria in the Six-Day War. The most symbolic triumph for the young nation was the reunification of Israeli West Jerusalem and Jordanian East Jerusalem, achieved at great cost by a group of paratroopers from the 55th Paratroopers Reserve Brigade. In restoring Jewish sovereignty to the Holy City, these men fulfilled the dream of two millennia, changing the history of Israel and of the Middle East. And as veteran journalist Yossi Klein Halevi shows in Like Dreamers, they played pivotal roles in shaping Israel's destiny long after their resounding military success. A masterful storyteller, Halevi tracks down seven members of the 55th Brigade and traces their lives through the decades following the Six-Day War. But as his narrative reveals, despite the intensity of their shared experience protecting Israel, in their postwar paths they nurture drastically divergent visions for the country's future. Yoel Bin-Nun emerges at the forefront of the religious Zionist West Bank settlement movement, but Arik Achmon-the chief intelligence officer of the 55th-becomes a spiritual father of the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. Achmon becomes a driving force in the growth of Israel's capitalist economy, whereas Avital Geva, in addition to building a reputation as a leading conceptual artist, ardently defends the socialist kibbutzim. And while Geva is among the foremost activists in Peace Now, Udi Adiv helps create an anti-Zionist terror underground in Damascus, eventually serving twelve years in an Israeli prison. Charting the ideological differences among this band of brothers, Halevi weaves a nuanced and insightful chronicle of modern Israel. His fascinating, diligently researched examination of each man's motivations and actions-supported by extensive interviews with their friends, family members, and comrades-in-arms-humanizes the country 's complex political landscape, facilitating a deeper understanding of the forces that influence its evolution as a state.
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""Like Dreamers" is quite simply the best book about modern Israel I have ever read."--Jonathan Rosen, author of "Joy Comes in the Morning". ""Like Dreamers" is at once magisterial and enthralling, observed with the sharp eye of a master journalist, the patience of a serious historian and the style of an exceptional storyteller."--Zev Chafets, author of "Roger Ailes: Off Camera" "A fascinating study of modern Israel."--"New York Post" ""Like Dreamers" is an eye-opening, beautifully written account, told through the lives of seven iconic Israeli paratroopers, of the shaping of the state we live in."--"Times of Israel" ""Like Dreamers" is a sweeping work... a rich and complex narrative.... And it reads like a novel."--"Tower" magazine "In his new, magisterial book about Israel, "Like Dreamers"...Yossi Klein Halevi has... captured the complexity of Israel in human terms."--"New Jersey Jewish News" "Brilliant."--David Laskin, "USA Today" "As a work of political, cultural, and religious history, Like Dreamers is a triumph."--Jewish Voice "Yossi Klein Halevi's brilliant account of Israel's left-right divide is a spellbinding story of people's evolving views and of conquest's mixed blessings."--American Jewish World News "Powerful.... a textured, beautifully written narrative.... There is much to admire in this book, especially Mr. Halevi's skill at getting inside the hearts and minds of these seven men."--Ethan Bronner, New York Times "Mr. Halevi's masterly book brings us into [the]...debate and the lives of those who live it, not through fiction but through a factual account illuminated by his own intelligence and empathy."--Elliott Abrams, Wall Street Journal "Brilliant."--David Laskin, USA Today ""Like Dreamers" is a big book, perhaps the big book on Israel we have been waiting for.... [It] is a remarkable feat of reporting, thrilling, painful, and brilliantly recounted, and an unparalleled portrait of Israel's last five decades."--Don Futterman, Daily Beast "A magnificent book, one of the two or three finest books about Israel I have ever read.... Nothing explains more eloquently why Israel, more than most any other country, lives or dies based on the power and justice of its animating ideas."--Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg News "Yossi Klein Halevi has written the Israeli epic."--Michael Oren, best-selling author of Six Days of War and Israeli Ambassador to Washington "A fascinating study of modern Israel."--New York Post "Halevi's book is executed with imagination, narrative drive, and, above all, deep empathy for a wide variety of Israelis, and the result is a must-read for anyone with an interest in contemporary Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An artful, affecting blend of history, biography, political science, and religion and an illustration of how small lights can illuminate a large landscape."--Kirkus Reviews "Brilliant.... It would make a terrific movie, or even a new book in the Bible..."--Jewish Week Powerful . a textured, beautifully written narrative . There is much to admire in this book, especially Mr. Halevi s skill at getting inside the hearts and minds of these seven men. --Ethan Bronner, New York Times" Mr. Halevi s masterly book brings us into [the] debate and the lives of those who live it, not through fiction but through a factual account illuminated by his own intelligence and empathy. --Elliott Abrams, Wall Street Journal" Brilliant. --David Laskin, USA Today" "Like Dreamers" is a big book, perhaps the big book on Israel we have been waiting for . [It] is a remarkable feat of reporting, thrilling, painful, and brilliantly recounted, and an unparalleled portrait of Israel s last five decades. --Don Futterman, Daily Beast" A magnificent book, one of the two or three finest books about Israel I have ever read . Nothing explains more eloquently why Israel, more than most any other country, lives or dies based on the power and justice of its animating ideas. --Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg News" Yossi Klein Halevi has written the Israeli epic. --Michael Oren, best-selling author of Six Days of War and Israeli Ambassador to Washington" "Like Dreamers" is quite simply the best book about modern Israel I have ever read. --Jonathan Rosen, author of "Joy Comes in the Morning."" Yossi Klein Halevi has long been the most incisive and eloquent journalist writing from Israel for an American audience. This is his masterpiece. --Samuel G. Freedman, author of "Jew vs. Jew"" "Like Dreamers" is at once magisterial and enthralling, observed with the sharp eye of a master journalist, the patience of a serious historian and the style of an exceptional storyteller. --Zev Chafets, author of "Roger Ailes: Off Camera"" A fascinating study of modern Israel. --New York Post" Halevi s book is executed with imagination, narrative drive, and, above all, deep empathy for a wide variety of Israelis, and the result is a must-read for anyone with an interest in contemporary Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" [Halevi] tracks the lives of seven of the Brigade 55 members. [He] succeeds in his broader goal of linking these men and their families to Israel s history during the past five decades. This is a beautifully written and sometimes heartbreaking account of these men, their families, and their nation. --"Booklist" (starred review)" An artful, affecting blend of history, biography, political science, and religion and an illustration of how small lights can illuminate a large landscape. --Kirkus Reviews" "Like Dreamers" is an eye-opening, beautifully written account, told through the lives of seven iconic Israeli paratroopers, of the shaping of the state we live in. --"Times of Israel"" Brilliant . It would make a terrific movie, or even a new book in the Bible --Jewish Week" As a work of political, cultural, and religious history, Like Dreamers is a triumph. --Jewish Voice" With compassion and moral imagination, Mr. Halevi helps us see why each side came to the conclusions that it did. In the process, he gives us an unforgettable taste of what he calls the agonizing complexity of Israel s dilemmas . --NY1, video review" "Like Dreamers" is a sweeping work a rich and complex narrative . And it reads like a novel. --"Tower" magazine" Yossi Klein Halevi s brilliant account of Israel s left-right divide is a spellbinding story of people s evolving views and of conquest s mixed blessings. --American Jewish World News" In his new, magisterial book about Israel, "Like Dreamers" Yossi Klein Halevi has captured the complexity of Israel in human terms. --"New Jersey Jewish News"" "In his new, magisterial book about Israel, Like Dreamers...Yossi Klein Halevi has... captured the complexity of Israel in human terms."--New Jersey Jewish News "Like Dreamers is a sweeping work... a rich and complex narrative.... And it reads like a novel."--Tower magazine "With compassion and moral imagination, Mr. Halevi helps us see why each side came to the conclusions that it did. In the process, he gives us an unforgettable taste of what he calls 'the agonizing complexity of Israel's dilemmas'."--NY1, video review "Like Dreamers is an eye-opening, beautifully written account, told through the lives of seven iconic Israeli paratroopers, of the shaping of the state we live in."--Times of Israel "[Halevi] tracks the...lives of seven of the Brigade 55 members.... [He] succeeds in his broader goal of linking these men and their families to Israel's history during the past five decades. This is a beautifully written and sometimes heartbreaking account of these men, their families, and their nation."--Booklist (starred review) "Like Dreamers is at once magisterial and enthralling, observed with the sharp eye of a master journalist, the patience of a serious historian and the style of an exceptional storyteller."--Zev Chafets, author of Roger Ailes: Off Camera "Yossi Klein Halevi has long been the most incisive and eloquent journalist writing from Israel for an American audience. This is his masterpiece. "--Samuel G. Freedman, author of Jew vs. Jew "Like Dreamers is quite simply the best book about modern Israel I have ever read."--Jonathan Rosen, author of Joy Comes in the Morning. "Like Dreamers is a big book, perhaps the big book on Israel we have been waiting for.... [It] is a remarkable feat of reporting, thrilling, painful, and brilliantly recounted, and an unparalleled portrait of Israel's last five decades."--Don Futterman, Daily Beast

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