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1948

A Soldier's Tale - The Bloody Road to Jerusalem

by Uri Avnery

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1948 by Uri Avnery
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This is the first English translation of two of Avnery's books, first published in 1949 and 1950.

Joining the Israeli army at the outbreak of war, and later volunteering for the legendary commando unit, "Samson's Foxes," Uri Avnery took part in almost all the major battles on the Jerusalem and southern fronts. Writing from the battlefield, from the back of jeeps, in deserted villages and, at the very end, from a military hospital bed, Avnery captured the taste and texture of life on the front line: of adrenaline-fueled battles and day-to-day brutalities, as well as the bravery, camaraderie, and off-duty exploits of young men and women thrust into the horror and inhumanity of war.

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"Although written more than half a century ago, Avnery's colorfully detailed eyewitness accounts of battle are still potent, authentic and relevant." - Publishers Weekly.

"Starred Review. His remains a powerful, significant voice. Finally available in English, this skillfully written antiwar text is assuredly a classic." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery, journalist, writer, and politician, has fought for peace for over fifty years, co-founding the peace organization Gush Shalom. He has received numerous awards for his extensive humanitarian work, including the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He lives in Tel Aviv. This is the first English translation of two of his books, first published in 1949 and 1950.

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