Title:                      Patriotism

Author:                 Eyal Lewin

Leṿin, Eyal (2010). Patriotism: Insights from Israel. Amherst, NY : Cambria Press

LCCN:    2011015789

JC329 .L49 2010


  • Defining patriotism — Patriotism in the Israeli case study — The effect of personal traits — The effect of social factors — The effect of political factors — General linear model analyses — A concluding discussion.


Date Posted:      February 9, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai[1]

An insightful examination by an Israeli academic of the personal traits, social and political factors that encourage or discourage patriotism in general, which are then applied to the case study of Israel. Defining patriotism as a sacrifice of one’s personal well-being and resources for the sake of the common good, it synthesizes these personal, social, and political factors into what the author calls a general linear model (GLM), which enables a researcher re test the significance of these factors, whether individually or in combination. The significance of these factors, therefore, cannot be understood in isolation from one another, as some may be dominant while others may be ineffective in predicting an individual’s likelihood to become “patriotic.” The book is of particular interest to those studying the phenomenon of “homegrown” terrorists as well as traitor spies as it also explains the conditions that might lead such individuals to turn against their countries.

[1] Sinai, Joshua, PhD. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (19, 1, Winter/Spring, 2013, p. 107). Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washington-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has provided capsule reviews of important books recently published on terrorism and counter-terrorism-related topics. He can be reached at:


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