Gershom Gorenberg

Gershom Gorenberg is a historian and journalist who has been covering Middle Eastern affairs for over three decades. He is the author, most recently, of "War of Shadows: Code Breakers, Spies, and the Secret Struggle to Drive the Nazis from the Middle East." Based on documents that remained classified for decades, War of Shadows demolishes myths of World War II and solves the mystery of the spy affair that nearly brought Rommel’s army and SS death squads to Cairo and Jerusalem. Gorenberg’s previous book was The Unmaking of Israel, a provocative examination of Israeli history and the crisis of Israeli democracy. He is also the author of The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977, a groundbreaking portrayal of Israel’s post-1967 history, of major Israeli leaders, and of Israel-U.S. relations.

His first book was "The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount," a close look at the role of religious radicalism and apocalyptic visions in the Mideast conflict. He co-authored The Jerusalem Report’s 1996 biography of Yitzhak Rabin, "Shalom Friend," winner of the National Jewish Book Award. Gorenberg is a columnist for The Washington Post and has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, the New York Review of Books, The New Republic and in Hebrew for Ha’aretz. He was for many years the op-ed editor of The Jerusalem Report.

Gorenberg has appeared on Sixty Minutes, Fresh Air and on CNN and BBC. He has lectured at the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Council, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Middle East Institute, the University of Oxford Middle East Centre and the University of Haifa Faculty of Law. When not in New York to teach, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife, journalist Myra Noveck. They have three children – Yehonatan, Yasmin and Shir-Raz.