A sequel to the author's Aliyah, this study follows the same procedure of using actual case histories to illustrate and develop the history of Israel. This time it is the nation Israel through its fifteen years of sovereignty, the tortuous process of welding the peoples of the diaspora into one nation and a modern Israeli state. Many cases illustrate the overwhelming problem of acculturating the Oriental Jews into a country developed for and by a Western mentality. The failures are not overlooked. Such are the chapters dealing with a Yemenite criminal, a North African misfit in the military, and an Oriental welfare case. The problems of a misplaced refugee child, immigrant resettlement, and the true account of the captain of the legendary ""Exodus"", all receive sufficiently objective treatment interwoven with the historical background. More contemporary issues such as health, water supply and bureaucracy are told through the author's firsthand acquaintance with the country. Plenty of ""human interest"" and enough repetition of the already glorified Israeli ""spirit"" do not overly detract from the massive gathering and interpretation of the facts. As an added extra, the book is fast-paced and well-written. The story behind and after ""Exodus"".