Meyer Levin tells the story of Israel with a sense of rising excitement that should set off a responding sense of idealism in younger readers. He's told the story of centuries of struggle and sacrifice with Israel finally emerging as a country of pioneer heroes in our own times. Considering the span of time covered, from Biblical days to the present, the author has done an astonishing job of condensing events and issues. His technique is to personalize the essential facts and dates through the lives of the people who had the idea of Israel and who set out to make it work. The sections on the 19th Century and the early 20th Century are better written and clearer than in any of the many Israel titles on the various series lists. And, of course, the drama of the contemporary achievement is, in this skilled novelist's hands, a vital and moving story which nevertheless clarifies the origins of the international impediments that had to be overcome.