Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism, 1945-1948

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William Heinemann, 2009 - Palestine - 290 pages
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*In May 1947 Alexander Rubowitz, a Jewish teenager active in a Zionist underground group fighting British rule in Palestine, was mysteriously abducted in Jerusalem. He was never seen again. Witnesses said he was seized by British policemen. A grey felt hat found at the scene was traced to Major Roy Farran, a highly decorated ex-SAS officer leading a covert counter-terrorist squad. *As evidence of murder grew Farran fled to Syria. Persuaded to return and acquitted after a sensational court martial, he came home to a hero's welcome. But the Zionist underground swore vengeance. It had already penetrated British homeland security - now it sent its top man after Farran. *Setting Farran's remarkable story in the context of the first modern campaign of international terrorism, Major Farran's Hat draws on recently declassified files of the Security Services to reveal the full extent of Jewish terrorist attacks on Britain in the late 1940s. It also explores why Britain lost Palestine, and how its counter-insurgency and diplomatic strategies collided so disastrously. *Thrilling and revelatory, Major Farran's Hat solves a murder mystery, exposes a shady episode in the history of the British empire, and throws light on Britain's legacy in the Middle East, with remarkable echoes of today's War on Terror.

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About the author (2009)

DAVID CESARANI is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His most recent book isEichmann: His Life and Crimes, which won the 2006 US National Jewish Book Award for History.

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