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Avineri, Shlomo. The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State. Basic Books, 1981. Out of Print. [A series of eighteen profiles of major thinkers: Krochmal, Graetz, Hess, through Jabotinsky, Kook and Ben Gurion.]

Begin, Menachem. The Revolt: Story of the Irgun. Schuman, New York. 1951. Out of Print.

Ben-Gurion, David. Rebirth and Destiny of Israel. Philosophical Library, New York. 1954. Out of Print.

Dayan, Moshe. Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life. Da Capo Pr; 1992. Paperback. Reprint edition. ISBN 0-306804-97-2.
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Dothan, Shmuel. A Land in the Balance: The Struggle for Palestine 1919-1948. Gefen Books; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 9-650506-96-9.
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Eban, Abba. My Country: The Story of Modern Israel. Random House, New York. 1972. Out of Print.

Fromkin, David. A Peace to End All Peace: The Fall of the Ottoman Empire and the Creation of the Modern Middle East. Avon Books (Pap Trd); 1990. Paperback. ISBN 0-380713-00-4. [The Balfour Declaration and the early history of the Mandate in the context of the larger international situation.]
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Gal, Allon. David Ben Gurion and the American Alignment for a Jewish State (Modern Jewish Experience). Indiana Univ Pr; 1992. Hardcover. ISBN 0-253325-34-X.
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Halamish, Aviva; Cummings, Ora (Translator). The Exodus Affair: Holocaust Survivors and the Struggle for Palestine (Religion, Theology and the Holocaust). Syracuse Univ Pr (Trade); 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-815605-16-1.
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Heller, Joseph. The Birth of Israel, 1945-1949: Ben-Gurion and His Critics. University Press of Florida; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-813017-32-7.
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Herzl, Theodor; Overberg, Henk (Translator). The Jews' State: A Critical English Translation. Jason Aronson; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-765759-73-X.
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Hurewitz, J. C. The Struggle for Palestine. Schocken, 1976. Out of Print. [Reprint of the edition published by Norton, written in the late 1940s as a thesis at Columbia. A detailed account of Arab and Jewish politics in the Mandate and the Arab revolt from 1936 on.]

Hurwitz, Harry Zvi; Denker, Patrick R. (ed). Begin: A Portrait. Bnai Brith Books; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 0-910250-28-6.
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Jabotinsky, Z'ev. The War and the Jew. Altalena Press, New York. 1987.

Jabotinsky, Vladimir; Sarig, Mordechai. The Political and Social Philosophy of Ze'Ev Jabotinsky: Selected Writings. Vallentine Mitchell; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-853033-59-5.
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Jerusalem Report Staff; Horovitz, David (ed). Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. Newmarket Press; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 1-557042-87-X.
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Katz, Shmuel. Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'Ev) Jabotinsky. Barricade Books; 1996. Hardcover. ISBN 1-569800-42-1.
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Kurzman, Dan. Soldier of Peace: The Life of Yitzhak Rabin: 1922-1995. Harpercollins; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-060186-84-4.
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Perlmutter, Amos. The Life and Times of Menachem Begin. Doubleday and Company, Inc. 1987. Out of Print.

Rabin, Yitzhak. The Rabin Memoirs. Little, Brown. 1979. Univ California Press; 1996. Paperback. Expanded edition. ISBN 0-520207-66-1.
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Robertson, Ritchie (ed); Timms, Edward (ed). Theodor Herzl and the Origins of Zionism. Edinburgh Univ Pr; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-748609-44-X.
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Salmon, Yosef. Religion and Zionism: First Encounters. Hebrew University Magnes Press. November 2001. ISBN 965-493-092-7. [This book deals with the role that Jewish religion played in the evolution of the Zionist movement, both in the consolidation of a Jewish national consciousness and in the actual day to day activity of the Jewish nationalist movement. Insofar as national consciousness was concerned, a recurring question in the early movement was whether religious identit constituted a necessary component of nationalist identity. This book traces the tweists and turns of the interaction between these two forces in Jewish history from the early 1860s until 1920.]
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Schechtman, J. B. The Life and Times of Jabotinsky. Eshel Books, Silver Spring MD. 1986. (2 vols). Out of Print. ISBN 0-935437-18-5.
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Seidman, Hillel; Schreiber, Mordecai. Menachem Begin: His Life and Legacy. Shengold Pub; 1990. Hardcover. ISBN 0-884001-42-3.
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Shavit, Jacob. Jabotinsky and the Revisionist Movement 1925-1948. Frank Cass & Co; 1988. Hardcover. ISBN 0-714633-25-9.
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Sicker, Martin. Between Hashemites and Zionists: The Struggle for Palestine, 1908-1988. Holmes & Meier Publishing, Inc; 1989. Hardcover. ISBN 0-841911-76-2.
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St. John, Robert. Ben-Gurion: Builder of Israel. London Pub Co; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-961326-24-7.
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Teveth, Shabtai. Ben Gurion: The Burning Ground 1886-1948. Houghton Mifflin. 1987. Out of Print. [1988 National Jewish Book Award winner]

Tuchman, Barbara. Bible and Sword: England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour. Funk and Wagnalls, 1956. Ballantine Books (Trd Pap); 1988. Paperback. Reissue edition. ISBN 0-345314-27-1. [British cultural background to the Balfour Declaration.]
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Weitzmann, Chaim. Trial and Error. JPS, Philadelphia. Schocken, New York. 1966.

Zadka, Saul. Blood in Zion: How the Jewish Guerrillas Drove the British Out of Palestine. Brasseys Inc; 1995. Hardcover. ISBN 1-857531-36-1.
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