Professor Pinto, whose work I hadn’t read until this startling book came my way, may well become known as the Hannah Arendt of the twenty-first century. She holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Jewish History from Harvard University and describes her impressions of the State of Israel. Her take on the realities of Israel in a globalized world will probably agitate an increasingly self-satisfied Jewish community. There may be readers whose gander will be aroused if and when they read this book, but it won’t go quietly into the sunset of complacency. Like Hannah Arendt (1906−1975), feathers may be ruffled, but that should never be an excuse for disinterest.
Although there is no index, a great deal of thought has gone into the writing of this book and it should be read by all people of good will, if Israel will move comfortably into the unique times along with its neighbors.