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War Of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, And The Secret Struggle To Drive The Nazis From The Middle East

Hosted By: Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

Join Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies for a conversation between Gershom Gorenberg and Samuel G. Freedman. 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.

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Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is a historian and journalist who has been covering Middle Eastern affairs for over 35 years. His latest book, War of Shadows, began with a conversation in Jerusalem that set off years of searching through archives, attics, streets in Cairo, Rome, London - endless days and nights of seeing facts unravel and new ones take shape in place of them, of following one lead to another to find someone who remembered the mysterious woman at Bletchley Park who discovered Rommel's source in British headquarters - an obsessive hunt that led to the real story of how the Nazis came within an inch of conquering the Middle East. Gorenberg was the author of three critically acclaimed books - The Unmaking of Israel, The Accidental Empire, and The End of Days - and coauthor of Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin, winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Gorenberg is a columnist for The Washington Post and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect. He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and in Hebrew for Ha'aretz.
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Samuel G. Freedman

Samuel G. Freedman is an award-winning author, columnist, and professor. A former columnist for The New York Times and a professor at Columbia University, he is the author of the nine acclaimed books, and is currently at work on his tenth, which will be about Hubert Humphrey, Civil Rights, and the 1948 Democratic convention.
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Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University focuses on the academic study and discussion of Jewish life, history, and culture.
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