Longest War Israel in Lebanon / Jacobo Timerman ; translated from the Spanish by Miguel Acoca (1st Edition)

Author(s): Jacobo Timerman

Second Hand Military History

Israel's controversial invasion of Lebanon is the subject of this harrowing book, which unsparingly describes the impact of the war on the author and on his adopted country.

Jacobo Timerman has been living in Israel with his family since 1979, and this book begins as one of his sons leaves for the front. As the weeks pass and the war grows in intensity, he visits the destroyed cities of Sidon and Tyre, witnessing the carnage inflicted by the Israeli forces, as well as the demonstrations being held inside Israel against the war.

This journal is an attempt to understand and come to terms with the fact that Israel has become an aggressor, and with the serious implications that Israel's actions hold for its own people and Jews everywhere.

The Longest War is an impassioned book. It digs deep into the psyche and identity of a people finding themselves at a watershed of historical importance. And it movingly reveals the ambivalences and anguish of an extraordinary man.


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Jacobo Timerman (6 January 1923 – 11 November 1999), was a Soviet-born Argentine publisher, journalist, and author, who is most noted for his confronting and reporting the atrocities of the Argentine military regime's Dirty War during a period of widespread repression in which an estimated 30,000 political prisoners were disappeared.

He was persecuted, tortured and imprisoned by the Argentine junta in the late 1970s and was exiled in 1979 with his wife to Israel. He was widely honoured for his work as a journalist and publisher.

In Israel, Timerman wrote and published his most well-known book, Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without a Number (1981), a memoir of his prison experience that added to his international reputation. A longtime Zionist, he also published The Longest War, a strongly critical book about Israel's 1982 Lebanon War.

Timerman returned to Argentina in 1984, and testified to the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons. He continued to write, publishing books in 1987 about Chile under the Augusto Pinochet regime and in 1990 about Cuba under Fidel Castro.

General Fields

  • : 9780701139100
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Chatto & Windus
  • : 0.218
  • : December 1982
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jacobo Timerman
  • : Hardback
  • : 956.92/044
  • : 160