An American military expert and an Israeli scholar/soldier trace the development and accomplishments of the Israeli armed forces from the days of the Haganah to the start of the Yom Kippur war. For the most part, the book is professional and technical-arms, organization, and the strategies and tactics of each successive war in detail. The authors convey the character of the armed forces as the reflection of society; they say less about the role of Israel's extraordinary soldier-statesmen (Allon, Dayan, Rabin et al.) in politics. An informed and sympathetic study. The book was originally published in 1975 in Great Britain.