Aaron Aaronsohn is one of the most compelling figures in the history of Zionism. Leader of a spy ring for the British during World War I, he became a diplomat, influencing negotiations for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. As an explorer and scientist, he made detailed maps of the region, discovered a new variety of wheat, and pioneered efforts “to make the desert bloom.” In Aaronsohn's Maps, Patricia Goldstone chronicles his extraordinary life and describes his vision of a Jewish state shaped by water resources rather than biblical mandate or political expediency. Goldstone is also the author of Making the World Safe for Tourism.
Recorded Thursday, April 03, 2008 at The Woman's Club of Evanston.