Melman, Raviv’s History of U.S.-Israel Relations Now on Kindle

Catching up with new technologies, Yossi Melman and Dan Raviv — whose next book, Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, won’t be out until July 9 — now have their book on U.S.-Israel relations available for the first time as an ebook.   See:

u.s. israel, friends in deed, spies against armageddon, dan raviv, yossi melmanFriends In Deed: Inside the U.S.-Israel Alliance, 1948-1994 is now available on Kindle, and very soon will be found on all ebook platforms.  In 1994, this was their follow-up book to their national best seller, Every Spy a Prince.

Friends In Deed, in the Melman-Raviv style, is filled with colorful true-life characters who forged the powerful relationship between one of the world’s largest and most powerful countries and one of the world’s tiniest nations.  What does the United States see in Israel, and vice versa?

In 1994, Library Journal wrote: This is one of the most readable accounts of U.S.-Israeli relations in recent years. Both authors have impeccable credentials in the field of journalism and Israeli politics and successfully coauthored Every Spy a Prince, which detailed the activities of the Israeli intelligence community. As they chronicle the political give-and-take between the two countries from Harry Truman’s presidency onward, fascinating pieces of the hardball reality that is international politics float to the surface. Thus, we learn that it was the Israelis who suggested focused bombing raids to eliminate Saddam Hussein during Desert Storm; during the 1980s, Israel was so well received in Washington that Secretary of State George Shultz and others would solicit Israeli help in getting certain pieces of legislation passed by Congress. Eminently readable,Friends in Deed is highly recommended for all libraries with collections in this field.  (by David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.)

Publishers Weekly wrote: Raviv and Melman here examine the growth of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, the spread of American popular culture in Israel, the profound effect of the Six-Day War on American Jews, the importance of the link between American Christians and Israel, and many other events and developments in the unique, complicated partnership between the two countries. The authors explore tensions in the relationship, such as defense secretary Caspar Weinberger’s attempt to torpedo relations between President Reagan and Prime Minister Menachem Begin, the strain placed on the alliance by the arrest of secret agent Jonathan Pollard by Israel in 1985, and the “hate at first sight” reactions of both President George H.W. Bush and Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. Raviv and Melman suggest that the Jewish community in America is becoming less of a rock-solid base of support for Israel and that each succeeding generation shows signs of being less connected to the Jewish state. Readable and informative, this account will have an even wider readership than the authors’ bestselling Every Spy a Prince. Raviv is a CBS News correspondent; Melman is an Israeli journalist.
June 13, 2012

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