• Neil's Recommended Books

    Here are a few of my favorite classic reads. .

  • Beginner Level:


    1. "Israel: A History" by Martin Gilbert (1998) - This book provides an accessible overview of Israel's history, covering key events, personalities, and conflicts. (Neutral)
    2. "The Arabs in History" by Bernard Lewis (2002) - A concise introduction to the history of the Arab world, including its relations with Israel. (Neutral)
    3. "The Case for Israel" by Alan Dershowitz (2004) - A pro-Israel perspective addressing common criticisms of Israel and presenting arguments in its defense. (Pro-Israel bias)


    Intermediate Level

    1. "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel" by Ari Shavit (2013) - A combination of personal narrative and historical analysis, exploring the complexities of Israeli society and its challenges. (Neutral)
    2. "Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001" by Benny Morris (1999) - An in-depth examination of the Arab-Israeli conflict, tracing its roots and providing a comprehensive account. (Neutral)
    3. "The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited" by Benny Morris (2004) - A scholarly work that delves into the causes and consequences of the Palestinian refugee crisis during the creation of Israel. (Neutral)

    Academic Level

    1. "The Question of Palestine" by Edward Said (1979) - An influential work examining the history, politics, and cultural representations of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination. (Pro-Palestinian bias)
    2. "The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader" edited by Arthur Hertzberg (1997) - A comprehensive anthology of key Zionist writings and historical analysis, offering insights into the ideology and development of Zionism. (Pro-Israel bias)on to describe your values, show more info, summarize a topic, or tell a story.

    Advanced Level


    1. "The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World" by Avi Shlaim (2001) - A critical analysis of Israeli policies, focusing on the territorial aspect of the conflict and its impact on peace efforts. (Pro-Palestinian bias)
    2. "One State, Two States: Resolving the Israel/Palestine Conflict" by Benny Morris (2009) - Morris explores the viability and potential consequences of various solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Neutral)
    3. "The Israel-Arab Reader: A Documentary History of the Middle East Conflict" edited by Walter Laqueur and Barry Rubin (2016) - A comprehensive collection of primary sources, offering diverse perspectives on the conflict. (Neutral)