Since history is not an exact science, it is important
to always match up several souces describing the same
event. Below is a small selection of high quality
literature on the subject.
Sources on the internet are also quite useful, but
have a tendency to vary a lot in quality and level
of factual accuracy. Visit the links
section for a choice of useful websites.
M. Sachar - A History Of Israel
A very high quality and thorough book (1153 pages).
For someone really interested in the subject. A detailed
examination of the history of modern Israel from the
rise of Zionism to the Oslo process. More info here.
Fromkin - A Peace To End All Peace
A highly acclaimed historical study of the diplomatic
entanglements before, during and after World War I,
which led to the making of the modern Middle East.
A relatively "heavy", but very exciting
work. More info here.
Westwood - The History Of The Middle East Wars
Specifically about the military aspects of the Middle
east wars from Israel's War of Independence in 1948
to the first Gulf War in 1991. More info here.
Available also in an alternative version called "The
History of War in the Middle East" from 2003.
More info here.
Oren - Six Days Of War
A detailed examination of the Six Day War in 1967,
from the events that led up to the war, across the
fighting itself, to the cease-fire that ended the
war. More info here.
Dealing with books on the Arab-Israeli conflict, it
is important to be aware of the author's intentions
with writing the book. It is of course safer to read
"real" history books, such as the ones listed
above, that were written out of a genuine and professional
desire to portray the history as correctly as possible.
Other books are written specifically in order to
promote a certain perspective. Those books are absolutely
useful too, and are often more easily read. Only one
must bear in mind that it is often the personal view
of the author that is expressed through a simplistic
representation of history.