White City, Black City: architecture and war in Tel Aviv and Jaffa

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'A superbly researched and exemplary architectural study ... If you want an explanation of the roots of the Israel-Palestine conflict - and of just how deep they go, right into the very foundations of the buildings - this book gives one of the most unusual and convincing accounts' - Owen Hatherley, the Guardian

'An important and fascinating exposé; through architecture, geography and history. A sad but revealing history of how myths are forged and histories corrupted' - Raja Shehadeh, author of Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape (Profile Books, 2008) and winner of the Orwell Prize for Literature

'This tale of Tel Aviv's growth from a Jaffa suburb to a metropolis is gripping' - The Economist

'Fascinating' - Edwin Heathcote, Financial Times

'A path-breaking and brilliant analysis that combines architecture, urban design, military strategy and general culture into an exhilarating war of streets and homes.' - Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation (Verso, 2012)

'a detailed and useful corrective to the mainstream Zionist narrative about the founding of Tel Aviv' - Times Literary Supplement

'Rotbard's narrative contains fascinating insights' - Haaretz

'"White City, Black City" is not a book about architecture. It is a political text written in a beautiful clear language.' - Time Out

'A challenging book that deserves to be read and argued over. Rotbard here slaughters an especially sacred cow: Tel Avivness' - Tom Segev, Haaretz

'A fundamental, fascinating and clever book on architecture in the service of politics' - Adam Baruch, Maariv

2015, Pluto Press (UK); The MIT Press (US)

Translated from Hebrew: Orit Gat
Translation editing by Ben Du Preez
Typeset and designed by Melanie Patrick
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Pluto Press (15 Jan. 2015); The MIT Press (5 Feb. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 074533511X
ISBN-13: 978-0745335117

Publication of this book has been supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts


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