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Holy Wars: 3000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land [Kindle Edition]

Gary L. Rashba

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Today's Arab-Israeli conflict, ever-present in the news, is merely the latest iteration of an unending history of violence in the Holy Land—a region that is unsurpassed as witness to a kaleidoscopic military history involving forces from across the world and throughout the millennia.Holy Wars describes 3,000 years of war in the Holy Land with the unique approach of focusing on pivotal battles or campaigns, beginning with the Israelites' capture of Jericho and ending with Israel’s last full-fledged assault against Lebanon. Its 17 chapters stop along the way to examine key battles fought by the Philistines, Assyrians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Crusaders, and Mamluks, the latter clash, at Ayn Jalut, comprising the first time the Mongols suffered a decisive defeat.The modern era saw the rise of the Ottomans, and an incursion by Napoleon who only found bloody stalemate outside the walls of Akko (Acre). The Holy Land became a battlefield again in World War I when the British fought the Turks. The nation of Israel was forged in conflict during its 1948 War of Independence, and subsequently found itself in desperate combat, often against great odds, in 1956 and 1967, and then it was surprised by a massive two-pronged assault in 1973. By focusing on the climax of each conflict, while carefully setting each stage, Holy Wars allows the reader to examine an extraordinary breadth of military history, glimpsing in one volume the evolution of warfare over the centuries as well as the enduring status of the Holy Land as a battleground.GARY L. RASHBA , the author of more than 30 articles on defense, aerospace and international topics, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990 and currently lives in Israel with his wife and two children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4380 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Casemate Publishing (Nov. 7 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K0CMAQ
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read on a great subject Oct. 23 2011
By Howie in Georgia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Rashba has tackled a huge time span and a huge topic, nestled in a tiny geographic area. But his work and careful research brings to life why this sliver of land has always been, and will forever be, the subject of some of mankind's most complex and bloody battles.

I recommend this book for casual military history readers or serious scholars, or observors of the Holy Land in general. The quick chapters and excellent organization allows one to read from beginning to end, or to use as a resource for specific eras and wars. You will not be sorry to have this in your permanent collection.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is terrible May 26 2012
By Nor'easter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Words of warning to potential buyers of the Kindle version. This is a decent book, but the Kindle version is simply awful and should not be sold until it is fixed. Every page contains errors that become so bothersome that it is hard to concentrate on the book itself. These are easy errors to fix. Most fall in the curious category of single words with multiple spaces inserted within them. My advice to potential buyers is to download the free sample and judge whether you can tolerate the errors before buying. Also, it should be noted that any Kindle purchase can be returned within the first seven days. Amazon is very good about this.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes history come alive Feb. 4 2012
By Ellen E. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Gary Rashba has made the history of the battles for Israel for 3000 years come alive, combining great storytelling with very careful research. The chapters are short and self contained and written in clear, lucid English. A must read for serious scholars of the region as well as those of us who have great love for this troubled patch of land and want to understand why it has been the scene of so much conflict for 3000 years.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caleb Nov. 30 2011
By Caleb Pollack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An interesting overlay of a number of unrelated of battles (with information on the larger conflicts) onto the same historic patch of land. This book provides more than mere military history; it provides information on the various parties that have battled over the land, and their reasons for doing so. A good read.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Wars Oct. 18 2011
By Richard D. in PA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although I've been visiting Israel since the early 1980s and I've read a lot of books on the history of the Holy Land, Gary has managed to rekindle some of the events and stories I had forgotten over the years. The book is well written and is well laid out; I liked the idea of keeping the chapters short, and accompanied with maps so that you could see the progression over time. Also, I truly appreciated the Epilogue, as it brought the current history of the country into context.

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