Israel: Yesterday and Today: A Photographic Survey of the Building of a Nation

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Israel: No other country in the history of the world has come so far so fast. This dazzling volume takes you on a dramatic pictorial journey through a century of nation-building, showing how the country has grown and developed since the idea of a modern Jewish State was first conceived. Israel Yesterday and Today shows hundreds of scenes of Israel-in-the-making, with full-color photographs by leading photographers placed next to historic pictures of the same sites. The effect is riveting and magical. You can follow the growth of Tel Aviv from a dusty beachside suburb of ancient Jaffa to a cosmopolitan metropolis; you can trace the development of Jerusalem's ancient alleys into modern boulevards; and you can see how rocky pastures became the lush fields and orchards of the country's kibbutzim. Complementary text offers insightful explanation of the photographs. Israel Yesterday and Today is an eyewitness account of one of the most remarkable transformations ever created by humankind.

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Israel Yesterday and Today Over the past century, the nation of Israel has experienced one of the most miraculous and impressive transformations in human history. Nowhere is this more clearly revealed than in the vast developments in Israel's architecture and urban landscape. This dazzling volume takes you on a dramatic pictorial journey through a century of nation-building, showing how the country has evolved since the idea of a modern Jewish State was first conceived. Israel: Yesterday and Today provides a stunning before-and-after look at the extraordinary growth of Israel over the past century. Here are hundreds of scenes of Israel-in-the-making with full-color photographs by leading photographers placed next to historic pictures of the same sites. The result is a breathtaking contrast between Israel today and the country's beginnings not long ago. The effect is riveting and magical. You can follow the growth of Tel Aviv from a dusty beachside suburb of ancient Jaffa to a modern metropolis; you can trace the development of Jerusalem's ancient alleys into modern boulevards; and you can see how rocky pastures became the lush fields and orchards of the country's kibbutzim. Complementary text offers insightful explanation of the photographs. Israel: Yesterday and Today is an eyewitness account of one of the most remarkable transformations ever created by humankind.

About the Author:

AMINAM GONEN is a Professor of Geography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of numerous articles on Israel's changing landscape published in professional journals, and editor of The Encyclopedia of the Peoples of the World.

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