Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world’s attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? Daniel Gordis offers a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present.