Review: Jonathan Spyer’s The Transforming Fire: The Best Book on Israel in Thirty Years

Barry Rubin- 05/01/2011

In my opinion, this is probably the best book on Israel to be published in 30 years. But it is even more than that, since it is also the story of the rise of revolutionary Islamism–and the struggle against it–as the most important issue in the Middle East and very possibly the world.

Dr. Spyer’s participation in the 2006 war with Hizballah as a tank driver, intimate experience with Israeli society, role as a researcher, and participation in international diplomacy has given him a viewpoint unmatched by any other analyst.

Trust me on this one–as several friends already have and agreed with my assessment–this is a book you will want to read and be better for having read.

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