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    ISBN : 9781931112802

    June 2008

    160 pp. 11 illus.

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Israel and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman

Michael J. Devine, Robert P. Watson, & Robert J. Wolz, eds.

The Truman Legacy Series, vol. 3

When he assumed the presidency in April 1945, Harry S. Truman inherited various international sources of turmoil, including the ambiguity of American policy toward political Zionism. Three years later, President Truman recognized the State of Israel on May 14, 1948, just 11 minutes after the announcement of its existence. These essays explore the methods Truman used to tackle this dilemma—one he is said to have considered more troublesome than almost any other issue plaguing the United States at the time. After 50 years of continuing conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, the legacy of Truman’s struggle is reflected in the distinct voices of this collection’s contributors, including scholars, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Israel’s representative to the United Nations, and a White House aide during Truman’s presidency.
           Topics include Truman’s attitude towards Jewish refugees, his anti-Semitic diary entry of 1947, his broad Middle East policy, Truman’s recognition of Israel and the moral fiber it took to make his decision, the trajectory of the Middle East since 1948, the role of Islam, and the vision of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Appendices include an interview, a memoir, and a chronology. Illustrated with well-chosen period photographs.

 

One of the first government heads to recognize the existence of Israel, Harry Truman is a vital figure in the history of modern Israel. Israel and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman tells of the man and his involvement and inner conflict in his role of establishing the Jewish homeland. Alongside the objective history are the voices of many who knew him and worked with him, from Israeli ambassadors, scholars, representatives to aides. An impressive work of meticulous scholarship throughout, Israel and the Legacy of Harry S. Truman is a welcome addition to academic library’s 20th Century American History collections, as well as a recommended and informative read for any who are studying Harry Truman’s contribution to the establishment of Israel.

The Midwest Book Review

Just 11 minutes after the announcement of its existence, Truman recognized the State of Israel. This came after years of wrestling with the ambiguity of American policy toward plitical Zionism. How Truman worked through the dilemma he largely inherited is reflected in these essays by academics, diplomats, and era politicians.… Appendices include an interview, a memoir and a chornology. Illustrated with well-chosen period photographs.

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Introduction

The $64 Question
     John Judis

Harry S. Truman, Jews, and the Recognition of Israel

Harry S. Truman and Jewish Refugees
     Alan L. Berger
Truman’s 1947 “Anti-Semitic” Diary Entry
     Bruce S. Warshal
Recognizing Israel: “A Little Touch of Harry in the Night”
     Michael T. Benson
Pragmatic Idealism: Truman’s Broader Middle East Policy
     Tom Lansford
An Act of Political Courage
     Asher Naim
The Truman Doctrine and the Recognition of Israel
     Pat Schroeder
Remembering President Truman
     Ken Hechler

Reflections on the Middle East since 1948

Understanding Historical Narratives
     David Gordis
Islam and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East
     Ahrar Ahmad
Envisioning Peace between Israelis and Palestinians
     William A. Brown