Tom Segev grew up in Jerusalem and did his military service at the National Defense College. He studied at the Hebrew University where he gained his BA in History and Political Science and he received a PhD in History from Boston University. Tom Segev is one of Israel's most controversial and celebrated newspaper columnists. His first book, 1949: The First Israelis (1986), is a cornerstone of the ‘new historiography’. The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust (1994) was an iconoclastic and influential investigation into the influence of the Holocaust on Israeli society. One Palestine, Complete (2000), which deals with the history of the British Mandate in Palestine, won the New York Times editor's choice of ‘Best Books 2000’ and the US National Jewish Book Award 2001.