Ari Shavit: My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel

(Nonfiction, 464 pp., 2013)

In this award-winning book that is both political and highly personal, veteran Israeli journalist Shavit analyzes episodes in the history of Israel and the Zionist movement through his own family’s experience, and through the eyes of fellow Israelis.  The resulting vision is a complex and challenging one that both affirms the nation’s achievements and confronts its failures.   

  • Discussion Questions from Jewish Book Council, including review by Jack Fischel
  • Reader’s Guide from Makom
  • Review: Kirkus
  • Review by Oren Kessler, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 8, 2013
  • Review by Leon Wieseltier, New York Times, November 21, 2013
  • Review by Michael Berenbaum, Jewish Journal, December 12, 2013
  • Review by Avraham Burg, Ha’aretz, January 24, 2014
  • Op-Ed: “Something for Barack and Bibi to Talk About” by Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, November 16, 2013
  • Steve Inskeep (NPR) interviews Ari Shavit (8 min. audio and written transcript)
  • Margaret Warner (PBS) interviews Ari Shavit (8 min. video and written transcript)