Major Farran's Hat

Major Farran's Hat

The Untold Story of the Struggle to Establish the Jewish State

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Baker & Taylor
Documents the controversial trial of decorated war officer Roy Farran for the 1947 murder of Jewish teen activist Alexander Rubowitz, describing related protests by the Zionist underground, the impact of Great Britain's conflict with Palestine, and the contributions of such figures as Bernard Montgomery, Menachem Begin, and Golda Meir.

Perseus Publishing
From the author of Becoming Eichmann, a captivating true-life murder mystery of violence and cover-ups, casting new light on the birth of the State of Israel

In May 1947 a sixteen-year-old Jewish activist named Alexander Rubowitz was abducted in broad daylight from the streets of Jerusalem. At the abduction scene, a gray hat was found, purportedly belonging to Major Roy Farran, a decorated World War II officer who was in charge of British counterterrorism in Palestine. As evidence mounted against Farran, the Zionist underground swore vengeance. The episode precipitated a series of nail-biting twists and turns that had far-reaching consequences.

An engaging mix of true crime and polemical narrative history, peopled by a cast of luminaries including Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, Menachem Begin, and Golda Meir, Major Farran’s Hat investigates shady violence, scandaluos cover-ups, and political expediency. It also explores why Britain lost Palestine, as well as how its counterinsurgency and diplomatic strategies collided so disastrously. By exposing Britain’s legacy in the Middle East, this historical thriller echoes today’s war on terror and pointedly illustrates the circumstances surrounding the birth of the State of Israel.



Blackwell North Amer
In May 1947, a sixteen-year-old Jewish activist named Alexander Rubowitz was mysteriously abducted in broad daylight from the streets of Jerusalem. He was never seen again. At the abduction scene, a gray hat was found, purportedly belonging to Major Roy Farran, a decorated World War II officer who commanded a secret British counterterrisom squad in Palestine. As evidence mounted against Farran, he fled to Syria. When he returned, he was acquitted in a sensational court-martial and welcomed as a hero in Britain. But the Zionist underground swore vengeance. The entire episode precipitated a series of nail-biting twists and turns that would have far-reaching consequences.
An engaging mix of true crime and narrative history, peopled by a cast of luminaries including Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, Clement Atlee, and Golda Meir, Major Farran's Hat investigates shady violence, scandalous cover-ups, and political expediency. It also explores why Britain lost Palestine, as well as how its counterinsurgency and diplomatic strategies collided so disastrously. By exposing Britain's legacy in the Middle East, this historical thriller echoes today's war on terror and pointedly illustrates the circumstances surrounding the birth of the State of Israel.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, [2009]
Edition: First Da Capo Press edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780306818455
Branch Call Number: 956.9404 FARRA CESAR
Characteristics: x, 290 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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