It is with great sadness that Casemate shares the news of the passing of author Gary Rashba on October 10, 2016.
Gary fought the bravest of battles with cancer, leaving behind a loving wife and three young children.
Gary ‘s many accomplishments include authoring more than 40 articles on defense, aerospace and international topics. Raised outside of New Haven, Connecticut, Gary received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and a Masters Degree in Management from Boston University. Following his graduation from college, Gary began what became a long-term relationship with Israels defense industries. He moved to Israel in 1993 and lived in Herzliya with his wife, three children and a Labrador retriever. His work with Casemate, HOLY WARS: 3000 Years of Battles in the Holy Land received international praise:
Employing a variety of sources from the Old Testament to modern scholarly works, Rashba presents a compelling tale of how this spiritually and politically charged area of the globe has long been a place of pivotal battles.”
“…effectively traces the military history of the Holy Land and examines the tactics, motivations, and capabilities of the armies that through the millennia have warred for dominion over the sacred and all too often blood soaked region.
“…a handy little volume that will be of interest to both experts on the region and to those approaching its history for the first time.”
“…so much information in such a pleasant lucid read; should be a must for every journalist or diplomat stationed in the region.”
“…Beginning with the Israelites’ capture of Jericho and concluding with the most recent conflicts fought by modern Israel, HOLY WARS describes 3000 years of war in the Holy Land, uniquely focusing on pivotal battles or campaigns to tell the story of each historical period. HOLY WARS brings these conflicts to life in a readable work meant for the layman.”
“…sharply honed narrative…excellent, well-researched…By including all major battles and conflicts from the biblical era to the present situation, Rashba has provided scholars and journalists as well as general readers with a convenient narrative of the centuries of conflict in the land whose inhabitants continue to pray for peace in a highly readable and accessible volume.”
St Louis Jewish Light
“…lively and easily readable (not always the case with military historians!)”
Military Modelcraft International
“…focuses the scene on a particularly intense battle. The episodic treatment works, giving the author the opportunity to tell the history of an entire war without stepping too far away from the action. His use of the language of military strategy strengthens his effort to bring verisimilitude to what, in many chapters, such as the struggle of David with Goliath, are events so shrouded by time that the facts have to be invented or embellished. One of the advantages of Rashba’s broad scope is to watch the technology and tactics of war change. From slingshot to Russian MiG, from long, slow sieges to ultra rapid attacks, from Saladin to Allenby, one thing is clear – the Holy Land is no stranger to war.”
Jewish Book Council
“…offers a unique and valuable account of centuries of history since the Israelites conquered the land until the 1982 invasion of Lebanon…well researched…”
Toronto Jewish Chronicle
“very readable not only for military history buffs but for those who have a keen interest in the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict”
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
“…selection of battles and campaigns is good and comprehensive…. is one of the best surveys of the Holy Land I have ever run across and I am certainly glad I did. This book should be on the shelf of anyone who seeks to understand the history behind the hatreds evidenced in modern Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank”
Military History-us.com, Battles and Book Reviews
We are proud to have worked with Gary, and to have been a part of sharing his knowledge and expertise with the world.