The common thread in these essays is a belief that Israel's experiences are not so unique as to defy comparison. Politicians and social scientists have often argued otherwise, but here an attempt is made to subject the Israeli experience to a comparative perspective. The results are almost uniformly valuable, in large measure because of the quality of the authors. This is probably not a book for general readers so much as one for academics. It is perhaps a sign of the times that Israel can be treated as a "normal" country in scholarly terms, as someday it may be in political terms.