The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories

Ilan Pappe (Author)


Shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2017

Named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017

A Buzzflash/TruthOut Progressive Pick of the Week

From the author of the bestselling study of the 1948 War of Independence comes an incisive look at the Occupied Territories, picking up the story where The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine left off.

Publishing on the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day War that culminated in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Pappe offers a comprehensive exploration of one of the world's most prolonged and tragic conflicts. Using recently declassified archival material, Pappe analyses the motivations and strategies of the generals and politicians - and the decision-making process itself - that laid the foundation of the occupation. From a survey of the legal and bureaucratic infrastructures that were put in place to control the population of over one million Palestinians, to the security mechanisms that vigorously enforced that control, Pappe paints a picture of what is to all intents and purposes the world's largest "open prison."

Product Details

Price: $30.00  $27.00
Publisher: ONEWorld Publications
Published Date: August 15, 2017
Pages: 288
Dimensions: 6.1 X 1.2 X 9.3 inches | 1.2 pounds
ISBN: 9781851685875

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About the Author

ILAN PAPPE is Professor of History at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies at the University of Exeter, and the author of over a dozen books including the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. In 2017, Pappe was awarded the Middle East Monitor's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Palestine Book Awards.


'Ilan Pappe is Israel's bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.'--John Pilger
'[Pappe] boldly and persuasively argues for understanding the occupied territories as the world's "largest ever mega-prison"... Pappe's conclusions won't be welcome in all quarters but this detailed history is rigorously supported by primary sources.'--Publishers Weekly
'A diagnostic survey of Israel's long-planned occupation of the Palestinian's land... A grim, hard-hitting look at the nuts and bolts of Israeli occupation.'--Kirkus
'Will undoubtedly raise a lot of hackles in his home state.'--Irish Times
'What is new in The Biggest Prison on Earth is Pappe's detailed accounting of exactly what the Israeli planners were contemplating in 1963; namely, "the largest ever mega-prison for a million and a half people."'--Electronic Intifada
'Pappe's book is critical for understanding the present situation and looking forward to possible solutions.'--CHOICE reviews