Live by the Sword portrays Israel’s struggle for existence in the Holy Land since becoming an independent Jewish state in 1948. Lieutenant Colonel James Rothrock draws on his military experience, travels in the Middle East, and academic background to present an authentic picture of the Jewish people’s quest for a home in Palestine, their fight for survival against multiple Arab invasions, the hundreds of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, and the ominous threats to their very existence today. Colonel Rothrock identifies the immediate threat to Israel’s survival as the “Alliance of Terror,” which consists of Iran and Syria and their terrorist surrogates, Hamas and Hezbollah. These purveyors of terror all have the common goal of destroying Israel. However, Rothrock warns that the greatest danger to Israel’s existence is Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, coupled with the threats by Iran’s leaders to annihilate Israel. He makes a convincing argument that Iran’s nuclear ambitions are propelling the region toward a cataclysmic conflagration that could involve Israel, Iran, Arab states, and even major world powers. Colonel Rothrock is steadfast in his belief that the United States must stand resolutely with Israel and take action to forestall military or political events that could lead to the destruction of our only true ally in the Middle East.