Before hiking the 1000-km National Trail in Israel, we updated our Kindles with books to read about Israel in general and hiking the National Trail in particular.
As so many are inspired by our book lists, I decided to share my books on Israel too.
1. History Books about Israel
Three books were recommended to me by Israelis when I asked for books that would provide me with insight into what has happened, and is happening in Israel.
There are numerous books on this complicated subject, and I am so glad with the recommendated books. Each in a very different style, they provide different insights and a good general image of the history and present situation in Israel / Palestina.
My Promised Land; The triumph and Tragedy of Israel, by Ari Shavit
A New York Times bestseller and winner of several awards
This book examines the complexities and contradictions of the Israeli condition through the author’s personal narrative.
2. Historical Novels about Israel
The first three books are historical novels written in the 1980s. They gave me my first insights into the complicated history and cultures of Israel, the Jews, Palestina, and the Arabs. The fourth one, however, is from this decade.
Exodus, by Leon Uris
Like the above-mentioned book The Source, the Exodus is another novel that provides insight into Israel’s past, in this case particularly the 19th and 20th centuries, and the zionist movement.
The Haj, by Leon Uris
The Haj complements the Exodus book in the sense that where the Exodus, history is viewed from the Israeli/Jewish point of view whereas the Haj that same time period is detailed from the Palestine / Arab perspective. This is another novel that offers a good way of learning a thing or two about a country and its history.
A captivating novel that tells the tale of siege of Roman soldiers on the Masada fortress and the Jewish families living there.
3. Travel Memoirs about the National Israel Trail
My Israel Trail; Finding Peace in the Promised Land, by Aryeh Green
Aryeh walked the National Trail and in this books describes the hike as well as the insights he gains during that walk
The book got a deeper meaning after we had hiked about half of the trail and had the privilege of being guests of the author Aryeh and his wife Miriam.
4. Guidebooks about Israel
Tips, Suggestions, Feedback?
Interested in more books about long-distance hiking? Check out this list.
Do you have suggestions on books about Israel & Palestina that I should add to my list? I’d love to hear them. Feel free to share them in the comment section below or send me an email. Thanks!
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