The Arc of a Covenant: The United States, Israel, and the Fate of the Jewish People

Knopf. Jul. 2022. 672p. ISBN 9780375414046. $35. INT AFFAIRS
Mead’s (God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World) engaging book is certainly an eye-opening read for anyone interested in U.S.-Israel foreign policy. In nearly 700 pages, Mead engages readers with his thoughts on the historical arc between the U.S. and its relationship with Jewish people and Israel. This volume, 10 years in the making, will challenge many widely held assumptions on the conventional narrative surrounding this long-standing relationship. The author supplies an overview of the political and cultural context of U.S. support from colonial times to the present. He reviews the words and actions from George Washington, Theodore Herzl, to American support for the Balfour Declaration, and American Christians who support the State of Israel. Additionally, Mead addresses issues underpinning the criticisms of U.S.-Israel foreign policy and the Israel-Palestinian dispute.
VERDICT A meticulously written and engaging volume that may make readers pause and reconsider an issue they thought they already knew. Best suited for those interested in the history of the Middle East, Israel, U.S. studies, and Jewish history.
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