Martin Gilbert was Winston Churchill's official biographer. He was in Israel during the October War of 1973 and came under Syrian shellfire on the Golan Heights. His books include Arab–Israel Conflict Atlas and History of Israel. His Jewish History Atlas is a classic work of reference. He was a visiting professor at both Tel Aviv and the Hebrew University, and spent part of every year in Israel. Martin has also written histories of the First and Second World Wars, of D-Day, of the day the war ended (in 1945), and of the Holocaust.
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