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The Palestine Triangle: The Struggle for the Holy Land, 1935-1948

The Palestine Triangle: The Struggle for the Holy Land, 1935-1948

By Nicholas Bethell

Putnam, 1979, 384 pp.

It is not as if good books had not already been written on this subject. Nevertheless, the recent availability of quantities of British archival material ensures that waves of scholars will be exploring everything that happened from the Balfour Declaration to the end of the Mandate. Nicholas Bethell, combining scholarship with a lively style and more taken with the drama of events on the ground than with the intricacies of international diplomacy, has put together his story by use of those records plus conversations with some of the leading participants. He is especially severe on British policy and tends to see the conflict from the Jewish point of the triangle.