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Sunday, April 28, 2024

The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilence of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World by Dan Senor and Saul Singer- 2023 - 532 Pages


The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilence of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World by Dan Senor and Saul Singer- 2023 - 532 Pages 

Senor and Singer attempt and succeed in answering very fundamental questions about Israeli society.

How has a small nation of 9 million people, forced to fight for its existence and security since its founding and riven by ethnic, religious, and economic divides, proven resistant to so many of the societal ills plaguing other wealthy democracies?

Why do Israelis have among the world’s highest life expectancies and lowest rates of “deaths of despair” from suicide and substance abuse? Why is Israel’s population young and growing while all other wealthy democracies are aging and shrinking? How can it be that Israel, according to a United Nations ranking, is the fourth happiest nation in the world? Why do Israelis tend to look to the future with hope, optimism, and purpose while the rest of the West struggles with an epidemic of loneliness, teen depression, and social decline?

Published just after the October 7 attack by Palestine based Iran backed Hammas terrorists launched the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust The Genius of Israel is a deeply documented work which answers the questions posed by the extreme resilience of Israel society.

From Simon and Schuster 

"Dan Senor and Saul Singer, the writers behind the international bestseller Start-Up Nation, have long been students of the global innovation race. But as they spent time with Israel’s entrepreneurs and political leaders, soldiers and students, scientists and activists, ultra-Orthodox Jews, Tel Aviv techies, and Israeli Arabs, they realized that they had missed what really sets Israel apart.

Moving from military commanders integrating at-risk youth and people who are neurodiverse into national service, to high performing companies making space for working parents, from dreamers and innovators launching a duct-taped spacecraft to the moon, to bringing better health solutions to people around the world, The Genius of Israel tells the story of a diverse people and society built around the values of service, solidarity, and belonging.

Widely admired for having the world’s highest density of high-tech start-ups, Israel’s greatest innovation may not be a technology at all, but Israeli society itself. Understanding how a country facing so many challenges can be among the happiest provides surprising insights into how we can confront the crisis of community, human connectedness, and purpose in modern life.

Bold, timely, and insightful, Senor and Singer’s latest work shines an important light on the impressive innovative distinctions of Israeli society—and what other communities and countries can learn."

Saul Singer is coauthor of the bestselling book Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. He is a former editor and columnist at the Jerusalem Post and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. Singer has given keynote speeches at innovation conferences around the world including Beijing, Sydney, Singapore, London, Madrid, Amsterdam, Oslo, Nairobi, and Sao Paulo. Before moving to Israel in 1994, he served for ten years as an advisor to US Members of Congress. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.

Daniel Samuel Senor (/ˈsiːnər/; born November 6, 1971) is an American Canadian columnist, writer, and political adviser. He was chief spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and senior foreign policy adviser to U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election campaign. A frequent news commentator and contributor to The Wall Street Journal, he is co-author of the book Start-up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle (2009) and The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World (2023). 

I wish the college students and professors demonstrating against Israel in thinly viewed Anti-Semitic attacks would take the time to read this brilliant book, especially students of Jewish heritage. 

1 comment:

Buried In Print said...

I think maybe you meant to say thinly-veiled in the last paragraph?
It's so interesting to see how differently various American and Canadian universities are responding to the protests/sit-ins and the BDS movement. (The news here is about U.S. and Canada when it comes to the university protests...I'm sure there's news about it in other places too, but I'm just not following all that.)
It's sad to see that so many don't see that the same issues which concern people on "one side" are the same issues that concern those on the "other side" when you get to the bottom of it all.