Tonight’s program with Patrick Tyler on his book Fortress Israel has been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. We hope to reschedule Tyler’s program, and we will update our members when that date has been set.
'Israel, six decades after its founding, remains a nation in thrall to an original martial impulse.'
Born of idealism, under David Ben Gurion and his proteges, Dayan, Sharon and Peres, Israel came to prioritize security at all costs, and to seize land and water whenever opportunity arose. The security state erected around the nation is the most efficient, relentless, intelligent and skilful in the region. And it is very little understood. Patrick Tyler believes that the way to understand it is to understand the men and women who have created, sustained and directed it. Less an anatomy of institutions and administrations than a searching biographical study of the outsize personalities who headed its operations and in consequence steered Israel's course since its foundation, this book is a landmark in the revelation of the inner workings of the Israeli nation-state.
PATRICK TYLER has spent 30 years as a journalist, dividing his time between Washington, and tours in the Middle East, China, Russia and Europe. He worked for the Washington Post for 12 years, then for the New York Times for 14 years, leaving it in 2005 to write books full-time. He was succesively Moscow Bureau Chief, Beijing Bureau Chief and London Bureau Chief. As chief correspondent for the New York Times he reported from Baghdad in the lead up to the first Gulf War and covered the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 2003. His book A Great Wall, Six Presidents and China won the 1999 Lionel Gelber Prize for best book on international relations and the Helen Bernstein Prize awarded by the New York Public Library.