Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 24 2015 - 640

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award
Winner of theWashington Institute Book Prize

One of the Best Books of the Year
St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Kirkus Reviews

In this groundbreaking work, Bruce HoffmanAmericas leading expert on terrorismbrilliantly re-creates the crucial thirty-year period that led to the birth of Israel. Drawing on previously untapped archival resources in London, Washington, D.C., and Jerusalem, Anonymous Soldiers shows how the efforts of two militant Zionist groups brought about the end of British rule in the Middle East. Hoffman shines new light on the bombing of the King David Hotel, the assassination of Lord Moyne in Cairo, the leadership of Menachem Begin, the life and death of Abraham Stern, and much else. Above all, he shows exactly how the underdog anonymous soldiers of Irgun and Lehi defeated the British and set in motion the chain of events that resulted in the creation of the formidable nation-state of Israel.

One of the most detailed and sustained accounts of a terrorist and counterterrorist campaign ever written, Hoffman has crafted the definitive account of the struggle for Israeland an impressive investigation of the efficacy of guerilla tactics. Anonymous Soldiers is essential to anyone wishing to understand the current situation in the Middle East.


To Die for Our Nation
The Seeds of Terror
Red Days of Riots and Blood
Terror Against Terror
Dark Nights of Despair
The Shadow of Death
The Revolt
Only Death Will Free
Defense and Conquest
Beating the Dog in His Own Kennel
Blunted Bayonets
An Instrument of Death
Buried Quietly in the Night
Drunk with the Hangmans Blood
Only Thus

Conscripted for Life
The Deed
Tears of Bereaved Mothers
Wider Horizons
To Defend and to Guard Forever
Who Was Who Notes



Bruce Hoffman is the director of the Center for Security Studies and director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown Universitys Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is also a senior fellow at the U.S. Military Academys Combating Terrorism Center. His previous books include Inside Terrorism, The Evolution of the Global Terrorist Threat: From 9/11 to Osama Bin Ladens Death, and The Failure of British Military Strategy Within Palestine, 19391947.