Hi everyone. I am working on throwing together a podcast about the ongoing crisis in Israel/Gaza. I don’t want to fly off the handle or get loose with the facts, so give me a day or two. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a book list for those of you who would like to read up on the issue for yourself. This list is obviously far from exhaustive - it contains maybe 10% of the books I read for Fear & Loathing - and I won’t even claim it’s representative… Basically I just perused my bookshelf and pulled down a stack I thought you’d be interested in.
So weird that I finished Fear and Loathing last week. As others have commented, it sure makes this bullshit even more depressing. Thanks, Darryl, for making me even more unpopular among my libertarian and conservative friends.
Since listening to your podcast on the background of this conflict, I look at what just happened with completely different eyes than I did just a couple of years ago.
For the love of GOD, please name this episode "Big Trouble in Little Gaza"
Thanks for these! Now would also be a good time to update the Administration of savagery episode, with the story of the Yom Kippur war that you forgot to include the first time around.
You should do a podcast on Israel/Palestine.
This is an excellent list. I can especially attest to Segev's One Palestine Complete; got that recommended straight from Darryl a while back and it's served me well in my own research. There's a lot of general history in here I'll probably dive into at some point, but my own focus these last few years has pretty much stayed on Hajj Amin al-Husseini.
On a side note, since al-Husseini is probably the most infamous (and at this point I'd argue nefarious) figures in the Palestinian nationalist movement's history, I recommend anyone interested in the work out there that looks at a lot of this history in the context of al-Husseini's life, check out some other really good monographs. These include Philip Mattar's The Mufti of Jerusalem, Zvi Elpeleg's The Grand Mufti, Klaus Gensicke's The Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazis - The Berlin Years, and Gilbert Achcar's The Arabs and the Holocaust. Al-Husseini's own writings from the 1950s also provide a very clear picture of where his mind was at following the war and the formation of Israel. I just wish his memoirs would be translated into English at some point.
In any event, thanks for this list and forthcoming thoughts. Much as I personally find Hamas to be deserving of nothing less than, well, what they're getting, I appreciate the nuance you've been bringing to the picture.
Daryl. You had a tweet earlier today replying to Dave Rubin. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of yours. I honestly consider you brilliant. You helped me see things about the Palestinians I had not previously seen. But, you lost me today (not permanently, just today), when you dismissed the question about Gaza. As you asked in your Fear and Loathing series, “what would you do if your were the European Jews before WWI, before WWII, and after WWII?”
What would you propose the response of Israel should be right now to the acts of Hamas?
My introduction to your work was the "Fear & Loathing In New Jerusalem" series. Easily the best piece of work on the Arab-Jewish conflict I have ever heard. It took me a few years to get through because I would listen on long flights since the episodes are so long. I recommend your podcast to anyone curious about Israel and the ongoing conflict.
I remember being shocked when I heard about the King David hotel bombing and death march on Lydda and Ramle. I felt almost betrayed and angry for never being told about these in history class growing up. Anyways, great work on this topic. I consider you the foremost expert and you have the receipts to prove it.
Thank you! Fear and Loathing is still my favorite thing you’ve ever done
I was literally just looking for this.
Britain is the fucking worst lol
As always, I wait patiently for your take on these events in the upcoming podcast! I have become the most unpopular person amongst my friends with the truths seldom told... and proud to be alienated for the time being, until the smooth brains figure out this is a multifaceted issue that runs much deeper than MSM sheeple believe! I thank you DC
Hi Darryl, when I listened to Fear and Loathing I was interested in which source provided you with the details of how the UN partition resolution was passed. The threats and coercion that ultimately tipped the scales.
And thanks for this list. I will certainly check out some of these books.
I've long hoped for a book list for this series, thanks Darryl. One book you referenced, I tried searching for online but had no luck - you referred to it when describing what life was like before the early Zionists went to Israel, the way the Arabs lived and farmed, the relations between Arabs and Israelis. I think the author first name was maybe Avram?
After listening to you series on this topic, there's something comically tragic about seeing all these anti-immigration border hawks rally behind Israel.
I feel like some may be disappointed that protocols of the elders of Zion did not make the required reading list. 😂