books i read recently...

Friday, October 13, 2006

o... jerusalem!

this is undoubtedly one of the best non fiction books i ever read.
written by Dominique lapierre and Larry collins.

since they are journalists they have given what appeared to be an unbiased account of the happenings. the chapters are as detailed as they are moving. u cant but help admire the israeli determination and how they were ready to " CLING ONTO JERUSALEM WITH THEIR TEETH" . they were ready to lay down their lives .

David Ben Gurion was the father of the movement. without him it would not have been possible . he was a man with atmost determination and most importantly vision. they built a nation right out of the scratch , they were prepared to go on a war with the regular armies of the arab nations . the story of how they procured their first heavy artillery and their first air planes which laid the foundations of the israeli air force.

as it goes without the need to mention , without the help of the american jews ,
perhaps all this would not have been possible, Golda meir , who is a woman with unbelievable confidence and courage took upon her responsibility to raise 5 millin dollars and ends up collecting 25 million with which the weapons and thier spare parts were purchased.

few excerpts from the book :

young people and teenagers were employed to deliver the messages between the camps , once when the arab armies were shell ing a girl was caught ina mortar attack and her hand was blown apart. yet she caried on and reached the office with the message and her right hand .after she deliverd the message she said" now get me a doctor"

the israeli were troubled by the egyptian aircraft , so ...
once an israeli aircraft was on reconnaisance , they were over the cairo airport. but unable to trace the city since it was blacked out. they contacted teh A.T.C and asked for permission to land saying they had a cargo to unload. and the A.T.C switched on the lights on the runway . the aircraft deliverd the CARGO of 200 lbs weapons on the airport and destroyed it so bad that no more aircraft could take off for weeks from there.

all in all its a worth reading book.


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