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  • Published: 15 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099522874
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

Major Farran's Hat

Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism 1945-1948




The gripping true story of the murder, in Palestine in 1947, of a Jewish activist by a British counter-terrorist officer and the subsequent cover-up

In May 1947 a Jewish teenager was mysteriously abducted in Jerusalem. He was never seen alive again. 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. Farran was acquitted after a sensational court martial and 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.

This story of violence, cover ups and expediency reveals the full extent and ambition of Jewish terrorist attacks on Britain and throws light on Britain's legacy in the Middle East, with remarkable echoes of today’s War on Terror.

  • Published: 15 March 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099522874
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

David Cesarani

David Cesarani is Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His publications include Justice Delayed: How Britain Became a Refuge for Nazi War Criminals, Arthur Koestler: The Homeless Mind and Eichmann: His Life and Crimes, which won the 2006 US National Jewish Book Award for History.

He has written and edited several books exploring the relationship between Britain, British Jews, and Zionism including The 'Jewish Chronicle' and Anglo-Jewry, The Making of Modern Anglo-Jewry and, most recently, Major Farran's Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain's War Against Jewish Terrorism 1945-1948.

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Praise for Major Farran's Hat

A compelling story from final days of Britain's mandate

Sunday Times

David Cesarani tell the tale, with all its curious twists and turns, with great skill and a keen sense of drama. His book reads like a thriller, but it is all the more fascinating for being about real people and the big issues with which they had to grapple in the twilight of British rule over Palestine

Guardian

Cesarani is a first rate storyteller

Scotsman

This gripping tale of a dark episode from the fag-end of Empire has a piquant pay-off

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Cesarani dramatises this sordid incident with verve

The Observer

A piece of contemporary history with bite and verve

London Review of Books Bookshop Spring Collection

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