|Israel in the World: Changing lives through innovation
- by Helen Davis and Douglas Davis (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2005)
….. reviewed by Beyond Images, 28 September 2005 (Briefing 157)
‘Israel in the World’ is probably the most informative book ever written on Israel “beyond the conflict”. And it is quite possibly the best.
The stories it tells of Israeli science, technology, medical expertise and humanitarian endeavour are breathtaking, and it should be read by everyone who wishes to present the human dimension of Israel, and to do so with pride.
Since its publication in early 2005, the book has become reasonably well-known in the USA, but it is barely known outside. This should surely change.
The authors are well-known writers and journalists with long-standing expertise on Israel, and the majority of the book describes 75 science-based projects, covering medicine, agriculture, technology, and social sciences.
The authors blend portraits of Israeli doctors, inventors, scientists, and social and aid workers with plain-English explanations of often stunning technologies. Every portrait they present is fresh, humane and insightful.
The book also mirrors the Israeli hi-tech sector in being global in its vision. Not only does it describe the extraordinary worldwide impact of Israeli innovation, but it also shows how Israel is improving the lives of the world’s poorest people, from water projects in Afghanistan, to combating AIDS in Malawi.
‘Israel in the World’ is published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, and is available on Amazon (www.amazon.com).
See also: ‘Making the World A Better Place’ on Beyond Images