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The reckoning : death and intrigue in the promised land : a true detective story
Bishop, Patrick (Patrick Joseph), author.
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Physical Description:
xii, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits the death of Zionist leader Avraham Stern-- head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang-- at the hand of a British policeman during WW II"--
General Note:
"Originally published in Great Britain in 2014 by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
'There are few who do good and many that do evil' -- 'This was the job for' -- 'Let fists be flung like stone' -- 'A soul for a soul and blood for blood' -- 'And he is a rebel, eager for the storm' -- 'In the underground' -- 'they will cover your memory with spittle and disgrace' -- A 'trap for the British brutes' -- 'Al-Ta'Amod!' -- 'It doesn't matter if they kill me' -- 'Avraham, Avraham' -- 'The blood of your brethren is calling to you from the gave' -- 'Hatred was aflame in their hearts and the need for vengeance burned' -- 'Terrorism is an infectious disease -- 'Striking a blow against the falsification of history' -- 'It's nothing like the truth' -- 'The Holy City."
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One of Britain's most renowned military historians revisits a controversial murder: that of Zionist leader Avraham Stern, head of Israel's notorious Stern Gang, in Tel Aviv during WWII.

Militant Zionist Avraham Stern believed he was destined to be the Jewish liberator of British Palestine. As the ringleader of the infamous Stern Gang, also known as Lehi, he masterminded a series of high-profile terrorist attacks in pursuit of his dream. On the run from British authorities who'd put a bounty on his head, Stern was hiding in an attic in Tel Aviv when he was killed by Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, a British colonial policeman assigned to capture him.

Morton claimed Stern was trying to escape. But witnesses insisted he was executed in cold blood. His controversial death inspired a cult of martyrdom that gave new life to Lehi, helping to destroy hopes of a detente between the British, the Arabs, and the Jews.

The Reckoning is the story of Patrick Bishop's quest to discover the truth. Based on extensive research--including access to Morton's private archive and eyewitness interviews--it recounts this seismic event in full, without bias, placing it within the context of its turbulent time. Bishop's gripping, groundbreaking narrative brings to life two men similar in ambition and dedication, chronicles the events that led to their fatal meeting, and explores how the impact of Stern's death reverberated through the final years of British rule and the birth of Israel.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Avraham "Yair" Stern, the head of the eponymous gang of anti-British terrorists in Mandate Palestine, was shot and killed in a Tel Aviv apartment by police inspector Geoffrey Morton on the morning of February 12, 1942. But did Morton shoot a man who was attempting to flee or did he kill Stern in cold blood? Military historian Bishop (Wings: The RAF at War, 1912-2012) unravels the mystery, providing important biographical information on both figures, particularly Stern, the man who was so vitriolically opposed to the British that he was prepared to cooperate with Italian fascists and Nazis. Morton is portrayed as a hard-working, dedicated civil servant, yet one who, during several libel suits in the 1950s, '60s, and early '70s, repressed-or possibly willfully distorted-what happened that February day. Bishop also devotes the last quarter of the book to what happened to the Stern Gang after Stern's death. Among its actions that helped drive the British out of Palestine was the 1944 assassination of Lord Moyne, the British minister of state for the Middle East. Bishop's fast-paced, well-written work sheds considerable light not only on how and why Stern was killed but on the final, violent years of the British mandate in Palestine. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

British military historian (Bomber Boys; Fighter Boys) and novelist (A Good War) Bishop turns his sights to the struggle between the British police and underground groups in Mandatory Palestine. Bishop traces the life stories-and final fatal encounter-of Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, a British-born Palestinian police officer, and Jewish firebrand Avraham Stern, leader of the militant splinter "Stern Gang" of the Irgun and right-wing rival of the Haganah underground, which became Israel's Defense Force. Though he examines all available documents and records in an effort to determine whether Stern's death at the hands of Morton was murder or truly a case of "shot while attempting to escape," Bishop leaves that question unresolved. Stern associates Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir were perceived as criminals under the British mandate yet became founding fathers and future prime ministers of Israel. Stern only became a hero to many there postmortem. Clearly representing the point of view of the colonial British authorities, the author largely avoids demonizing or making heroes of either of his main protagonists, a failing of most English and Israeli accounts of the period. VERDICT Of interest to those seeking context of the events immediately preceding the foundation of Israel. [See Prepub Alert, 6/8/14.]-Joel Neuberg, Santa Rosa Junior Coll. Lib., CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. ix
Glossaryp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
Prologuep. 1
1 'There Are Few Who Do Good and Many That Do Evil'p. 7
2 'This Was the Job for Me'p. 19
3 'Let Fists Be Flung Like Stone'p. 39
4 'A Soul for a Soul and Blood for Blood'p. 57
5 'And He is a Rebel, Eager for the Storm'p. 79
6 'In the Underground'p. 95
7 'They Will Cover Your Memory with Spittle and Disgrace'p. 107
8 A 'Trap for the British Brutes'p. 125
9 'Al-Ta'Amod!'p. 143
10 'It Doesn't Matter If They Kill Me'p. 155
11 'Avraham, Avraham'p. 165
12 'The Blood of Your Brethren Is Calling to You from the Grave'p. 181
13 'Hatred Was Aflame in Their Hearts and the Need for Vengeance Burned'p. 193
14 'Terrorism Is an Infectious Disease'p. 213
15 'Striking a Blow against the Falsification of History'p. 225
16 'It's Nothing Like the Truth'p. 239
17 'The Holy City'p. 251
Acknowledgementsp. 259
Notesp. 263
Picture Creditsp. 285
Indexp. 287