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The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land by Patrick Bishop

The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land

Biography / Autobiography   History   

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In 1942, Avraham Stern, leader of the Infamous Stern gang was shot and killed in Palestine. A complex man, he saw it as his duty to do anything possible to establish a Jewish state. He was seen as an enemy of the state by the British who ruled the area and he was hunted down and killed by Geoffrey Morton who had joined the Colonial Police force as a step up from being a milkman. Patrick Bishop builds the tension in this compelling story by following both men as they approached this fatal scenario exploring their characters, the background politics and – above all – the long term result of the killing, resulting in tensions and a political situation neither man can have dreamt of.

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The Reckoning Death and Intrigue in the Promised Land by Patrick Bishop

From the bestselling author of 'Fighter Boys', the true story of two ruthless adversaries and a wartime killing that shook the modern world. On a cold, bright morning in February 1942, fugitive Avraham Stern was cornered in a flat in Tel-Aviv and shot dead. His killer, Assistant Superintendent Geoffrey Morton, claimed Stern was trying to escape. But Stern was no ordinary criminal. And witnesses insisted he was executed in cold blood. Stern was a militant Zionist, self-proclaimed Jewish liberator of British Palestine and mastermind of bloody terrorist attacks targeting and killing policemen. On the run from Morton, a British colonial policeman assigned to capture him, his shooting inspired a cult of martyrdom that would ignite enmities between Jews, British and Arabs in the future hotbed of Israel. The Reckoning is the first book to tell the tale of a rebel who terrorized Palestine, the lawman determined to stop him and the events that led to their fatal meeting.


'Bishop is a fine and economical teller of complicated stories. He sets up nicely the background to the Stern Gang's activities rooted in Jewish hostility to the British authorities ... the tale of the hunt is very well done ... though the bloody end is never in doubt the chase itself is exciting'
The Times

'Bishop has done a wonderful job of making intelligible the labyrinthine politics of the Palestine Mandate in the Forties ... Compelling ... reads like the most gripping of thrillers ... A superb book that shines light on one of the murkier episodes of British imperial rule, and that confirms Bishop's status as one of our finest World War II historians'
Mail on Sunday

'A rousing detective thriller'
Evening Standard

'Patrick Bishop's excellent new book 'The Reckoning'
is the enthralling story of this blood vendetta

'... Bishop's detective story offers a vivid portrait of the fraught, doomed world of the Palestine Mandate'
Daily Telegraph

'Bishop's gripping 'The Reckoning' [is] about the fatal shooting and subsequent martyrdom of the Zionist freedom fighter (or terrorist - take you pick) Avraham Stern. As characters go Stern is compelling in a car-crash kind of way, Bishop ... sums him up quite marvellously as 'a dandy aesthete with visions of sacrificial violence'

'Gripping and masterly ... the story of how Morton finally tracked (Stern) down is riveting and, in Mr Bishop's hands, reads like a great thriller ... This fascinating and absorbing book explains how Stern and others are now celebrated in Israel and remembered with war memorials as martyrs of the independent struggle'
Country Life

'Riveting ... Bishop has very skilfully mined new and rarely used sources ... [its] gripping narrative reads like a thriller'
Literary Review

'Well-told and well-researched re-examination of the Stern legend ... as Bishop explains in his thrilling narrative, Stern's days were numbered the moment his group launched an assassination campaign against the British'

About the Author

Patrick Bishop worked as senior correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of The Irish Empire; the acclaimed book The Provisional IRA with Eamonn Mallie; the bestselling Fighter Boys ; and most recently the bestselling Bomber Boys and 3 Para. He lives in London.

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Publication date

15th January 2015


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William Collins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


320 pages


Biography / Autobiography

20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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