Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv. His books include The Invention of the Jewish People, On the Nation and the Jewish People, L'Illusion du politique: Georges Sorel et le debat intellectuel 1900, Georges Sorel en son temps, Le XXe siecle a l'ecran and Les Mots et la terre: les intellectuels en Israel.
"Formidable" Max Hastings, Sunday Times "Brilliant and always polemical. A controversial bestseller.." David Goldberg, Jewish Chronicle "Books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark." Eric Hobsbawn, Observer Book of the Year 2009 "Quiet earthquake of a book.." Rafael Behr, Observer