By: Laffin, John
243pp, an ex-London borough lib copy with the usual indicators. Less than 500g to post. Publisher's description >> This book is an intimate analysis of one of the world 's most intriguing peoples. John Laffin saw the birth of the State of Israel in 1948 and has been with the Israelis in their moments of great joy and bitter sorrow . His deep understanding and experience is evident throughout The Israeli Mind and his portrait is full , frank and anecdotal , as indeed one would expect from the author of the best-selling The Arab Mind. 'Surely ,' Dr Laffin writes, 'no race of people has excited so much admiration , dislike, envy , fear, respect , incredulity and wonder as the modern Israelis.' He explains the reasons for each of these reactions . The various qualities of Israeli life and the diverse influences on Israeli thought he scrutinises with a clarity which few other foreigners could achieve- the effects of the Holocaust , the kibbutz, the family, education , literature , sex , the army, stress , politics , religion, leisure, war , international aloneness ... Why is it that the Israelis, who are generally thought of as the world's best soldiers , also read more poetry than any other people? Why are they such dedicated scholars and so able in Intelligence work? How have people from eighty different countries and cultures been turned into a unified nation within thirty years? What makes the Israeli tick? As an objective Gentile, John Laffin views the Israelis with critical compassion and answers almost every question which might be asked about the 'only country in the world where miracles are part of State planning' . My own comment > though dated 1979 Laffin's observations about the Israeli psyche are authorative & informative. Book's fault is half a dozen pp have a fold mark in the top corner.