ISRAEL: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth
by Noa Tishby

Noa Tishby – a self-described Zionist, pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, anti-Hamas, American Israeli Jewish woman – has written an accessible introduction to Israel’s many complexities. Her book is many things: a personal family narrative, a concise history lesson, and a closer look at antisemitism, the United Nations, and other relevant topics.


“Noa Tishby rolls the entire history of Israel into a blunt and insightful read. The perfect anti-textbook for anyone who slept through class, this is not your Bubbie’s history book.”
- Television host Bill Maher

“This is a fascinating—and very moving—book that should be read by anyone for whom Israel is a mystery.”
- Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin

“ISRAEL is essential reading for Arabs, Jews, Americans, and the rest of the world. A beautiful and inspiring human journey...”
- Palestinian author Mosab Hasan Yousef

“This is a book well worth the read for anyone who cares about, or needs a crash course on, the Jewish state.”
- Hadassah Magazine

A political map of Israel with arrows

For more reviews, visit the Simon & Schuster website.

For an excerpt from the book, visit the Amazon page.


Noa Tishby

Actress, producer, writer, and activist Noa Tishby

Actress, producer, writer, and activist Noa Tishby was born and raised in Tel Aviv.

After appearing in numerous Israeli TV shows, films, theater productions, and national fashion campaigns, Tishby moved to Los Angeles, where she sold the Israeli TV show In Treatment to HBO, making history as the first Israeli television show to become an American series. She coproduced over 150 episodes, which earned a Peabody Award and twelve Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

A passionate political activist, Tishby founded the nonprofit “Act for Israel,” Israel’s first online advocacy organization. She served as Israel’s first Special Envoy for Combatting Antisemitism and Delegitimization and has been a keynote speaker and panelist at events around the world, including the United Nations General Assembly. She is a contributor to publications such as The Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, The Jewish Journal, Tablet and Ynet, where she writes about policy, culture, and international relations.

For more background, visit the author’s web page.