The Zionist-Arab Conflict

A little light reading on an exceedingly heavy topic.

In the last couple of years, I've found myself rattling off this list so often that it seemed like a good idea to commit it to some permanent format, so I could just hand people the link and be done with it.

So, what follows is a list of (English-language) books that serve as a good set of resources for anyone who is interested in calling themselves "well-read" on the subject of the assorted conflicts involving Israel in the middle east.

No warranty is expressed or implied here, except that I personally happened to find these books enlightening or interesting. This list is not meant to be exhaustive; it just covers my personal highlights.

Where possible, I have included links to where you can buy the books in question. A few of the volumes are out of print; I suggest trying (in order), EBay, Half.Com, and Bookfinder. (N.B. you should probably only use bookfinder as an absolute last resort: their quoted prices tend to be 5 to 10 times as much as I've found the same book for in local used book stores.)


Did I not list your favorite book? Please drop me a line at -- I'm always happy to further my education in this sphere. Just understand that this is meant to be a list of books that I have read and liked, so it's not going to show up here until I've had time to buy it, read it once or twice, and form an opinion on it.

I'd especially like pointers to scholarly works on the subject by Arab authors, written in English. (Other than Edward Said, who is already on the to-read list.)

Also, if you have a similar page of your own, I'll happily link to it. Um, if I feel like it.