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WAR OF SHADOWS by Gershom Gorenberg
Thu, January 21 at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Join us as we welcome author and journalist Gershom Gorenberg live from Israel as he discusses his newest book War of Shadows:Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East.
War of Shadows is a a true-life spy thriller: the story of the World War II espionage affair that brought Germany’s Erwin Rommel to the very brink of conquering the Middle East – bringing with him the S.S. officer already responsible for the murder of half a million Jews. Only a last-minute intelligence breakthrough cut off Rommel’s secret source and defeated the Nazis.
Years in the making, this book is a feat of historical research and storytelling. Set against intrigues that spanned the Middle East, it presents a new picture of a crucial period in the pre-state history of Israel, and challenges the conventional memory of World War II and and of the Holocaust.
Gershom Gorenberg is the author of War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East. His previous books include The Unmaking of Israel and The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977. He is a columnist for the Washington Post, and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly and The New York Review of Books and in Hebrew for Haaretz. He lives in Jerusalem, except during stints teaching a workshop on writing history at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.