Image: A modern Israeli highway runs beside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. (Public Domain)
Some general histories of Modern Israel:
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn by Daniel Gordis
Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert
My People: The Story of the Jews by Abba Eban
Some books about particular parts of Israeli history:
Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World by Seth M. Seigel
O, Jerusalem! by Dominique Lapierre and Larry Collins
The Jewish State by Theodore Herzl
Memoirs by David Ben Gurion
The Jews in their Land by David Ben Gurion
Abba Eban, an Autobiography by Abba Eban
So, regular readers, what books have I neglected to mention that would help a beginner understand Israel? What histories do you like? What books give the reader the flavor of contemporary Israel? What memoirs and primary sources are particularly good?
I look forward to your additions in the comments!