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War of Shadows: Codebreakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East

Hosted By: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University

“War of Shadows” is the epic story of the World War II intrigues that brought Germany’s Erwin Rommel to the brink of conquering the Middle East. Years in the making, based on newly discovered documents, this book is a feat of research and storytelling. As in his previous work, Gorenberg strips away myths about Middle East history. War of Shadows debunks the established “war without hate” narrative about the battle for North Africa – a narrative that erased the people who lived in the region and the reach of the Holocaust beyond Europe.

As political history, War of Shadows describes events that would shape the Middle East and set the stage for the creation of Israel. As espionage history, it describes the origins of high-tech encryption and hacking. And as cinematic non-fiction, it’s the story of forgotten heroes, people who changed the world and were erased from memory.

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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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Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University researches and teaches about Israeli history, politics, culture and society, and the modern state of Israel.
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