The Nili Spies

By: Engle, Anita

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Hardcover with dust jacket, red cloth with gilt spine titles in a black panel, 14.5 by 22 cm, 244 (1) pp., frontis portrait and six additional photos. The book is good with light wear and fading around the edges of the boards; the textblock is lightly toned with minor foxing on the endpapers and edges. There is a tasteful, vintage bookseller label on the front pastedown for R.H.S. Spaight Military Bookseller (Surrey). The jacket is poor with edge wear, chips and small tears, heavy toning, a few small stains, and the front flap is disconnected, though present. From a new edition of this important work: “The Nili Spies tells an extraordinary tale, much-neglected by historians, of courage, bravery and eventual tragedy which took place during the First World War in the Middle East. It is the story of a small group of people, of whom Sarah and Aaron Aaronsohn were the core, who were devoted to the Yishuv, the Jewish community in Palestine, and who were convinced that it was in imminent danger of extinction from the Turks. They thought that the only hope of stopping this was for action to be taken by the British against the Turks and their German allies in Syria. They resolved to help the British in Egypt by collecting military intelligence - in other words, spying - for them. Unfortunately, as Peter Calvocoressi points out in his introduction to [a] new edition, ‘their understanding of the British position was quite wrong...[their] miscalculations created the tragedy which this book recounts, honours and celebrates...Anita Engle's telling of it, vivid, judicious, committed but controlled, could not be bettered...their spirit, personalities, motive and fate are the stuff which makes the record of war something other than the pitiful and squalid.’” Dust jacket present. First Edition.

Title: The Nili Spies

Author Name: Engle, Anita

Categories: World War I,

Publisher: London, The Hogarth Press: 1959

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: poor

Seller ID: 2483

Keywords: Military History, Spies, Israel