Bernard Wasserstein is an expert on the history of the Arab-Israel conflict and on modern Jewish issues. His many books include The British in Palestine (2nd ed., Blackwell, 1991) and Britain and the Jews of Europe 1939-1945 (2nd ed., Cassell, 1999). The Secret Lives of Trebitsch Lincoln (Yale University Press, 1988) was awarded the Golden Dagger Prize for Non-Fiction by the Crime Writers Association.
In Vanishing Diaspora: The Jews in Europe since 1945 (Hamish Hamilton, 1996), he proposed a radical reassessment of post-Hitler European Jewry; the picture of demographic decline, social disintegration and cultural dissolution.
Divided Jerusalem: The Struggle for the Holy City (3rd ed., Yale University Press, 2008) surveyed the diplomatic history of the Jerusalem question over the past 200 years. Israelis and Palestinians: Why Do They Fight? Can They Stop? (3rd ed., Yale University Press, 2008) focuses particularly on demography, social relations (especially the labor market) and environmental pressures, showing how these have shaped and continue to shape the nature of Israeli-Palestinian relations.
On the Eve: The Jews of Europe before the Second World War (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2012) was awarded the Yad Vashem International Book Prize in 2013.
His most recent book, The Ambiguity of Virtue: Gertrude van Tijn and the Fate of the Dutch Jews (Harvard University Press, 2014) analyzes fraught issues of collaboration and resistance during the Second World War.
Wasserstein’s books have been translated into Hebrew, Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian and Dutch.