Shlaim is at his best when writing as a political historian. He is a sensitive expositor of the context within which the Balfour Declaration emerged and an incisive analyst of the political maneuvering after the First and Second World Wars, Israeli collusion with the Hashemite monarchy in Jordan, and most of the minutiae of the Madrid Conference and the Oslo accords…. The book is definitely useful. Shlaim is a usually reliable tour guide through the past 90 years of the political history of Israel and the pre-state Yishuv in Palestine.
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Avi Shlaim is a Fellow of St. Anthony’s College and a professor of international relations at the University of Oxford. He was elected a Fellow of the British September Academy in 2006. His books include Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace; War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History; and The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. He lives in Oxford.
Max Ajl is a writer and activist from Brooklyn, NY, currently based in Cairo/Gaza, specializing in measured polemics about Venezuela and Israel-Palestine. Check out his blog, Jewbonics.