EVERYONE'S GUIDE TO ISRAEL by Joan Comay

EVERYONE'S GUIDE TO ISRAEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Don't look on this as a handbook to travelling in Israel, for actually only about fifty pages are devoted to the routine travel information. Rather, here is a book to read and study before going to Israel, to provide background- geographical, historical, economic, and so on. Here is a succinct historical outline; one may question the profundity of scholarship, particularly in relation to Biblical history-but the general outline is adequate. The considerations relating to modern Israel are more important- as less easily come by:- the peoples, the government, the economy (agricultural, resources, labor, etc.), the way of life, and the relations to other countries. Then successive areas and cities and settlements are presented:- Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa- to take the main centers; the Shefelah, the Negev, the Sharon Plain, the Galilee- for the main districts. The maps leave something to be desired, in their rleation to Israel today, and the promised 13 color linecuts are unavailable at this writing. Throughout, there are vivid descriptive passages, and the flavor of the country, the immense vitality and drive, the strange intermixture of ancient and modern all come through the text. One's guess- in interpreting her interpretation- is that she is non-Jewish, but knows and loves the country.

Pub Date: May 18th, 1962
Publisher: Doubleday