Friday, 27 February 2009

'Book of the Day': 1948 A Soldiers Tale

Today's last but by no means least 'Book of the Day', is Uri Avnery's '1948 A Soldier's Tale - The bloody road to Jerusalem'

This is the second title in the selection published by Oneworld Publications, by Uri Avnery, recipient of the Alternative Nobel Piece Prize.

Joining the Isreali army at the outbreak of war, and later volunteering for the legendary commando unit, "Samson's Foxes", Uri Avnery took part in almost all the major battles on the Jerusalem and southern fronts. Writing from the battlefield, from the back of jeeps, in deserted billages and, at the very end, from a military hospital bed, Avnery captured the taste and texture of life on the front line: of adrenaline-fueled battles and day-to-day brutalities, as well as the bravery, camaraderie, and off-duty exploits of young men and women thrust into the horror and inhumanity of war.

Gripping, sensitive, and at times deeply poignant, this is one man's unforgettable story of a year that affected all those who lived, fought, and died in one of the most significant wars of our time.

Uri Avnery, journalist, writer, and politician, has fought for peace for over fifty years, co-founding the peace organisation Gush Shalom. He has received numerous awards for his extensive humanitarian work.

Written from the trenches, this moving memoir of a young Isreali soldier is the first eyewitness account of the Isreali war of Independence, and is widely recognized as the outstanding book of that war - the Middle East's 'All Quiet on the Western Front'.

'First English edition of a bestselling book published in 1949 - gripping eye witness account written from the trenches' - Debby Wale, Reader Development Librarian


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