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“In revisiting the career of his mentor, Shimon Peres presents a uniquely human portrait of David Ben-Gurion—a master strategist with a long view of history and an abiding vision for Israel’s future. Peres brings his nation’s founding father to life with the energy, candor, and wisdom he’s become known for in his six decades of public service.”
—William Jefferson Clinton
“Shimon Peres is a man of awesome accomplishment (a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, by the way), but his most important accomplishment is how he has come to personify the ethic that David Ben-Gurion represents. His book is well worth your time. It was mine.”
—Richard Cohen, The Washington Post
“An urbane account of Israel’s first and longest-serving prime minister by someone who, though nearly 40 years younger, worked closely with him for two decades. It is admiring of Ben-Gurion . . . but it never lapses into hero worship or loses its grip on the historical realities amid which its story is set. Peres’s personal reminiscences of Ben-Gurion and his entourage are delightful.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Invaluable . . . Even readers tired of ideological food fights about Israel—of liberals calling conservatives who defend the country fascists, and of conservatives calling liberals who criticize it anti-Semites—will find something to like in this unusual primer on the birth of a nation and its most important midwife.”
—Justin Moyer, The Washington Post
“Shimon Peres, the president (and former prime minister) of Israel, provides an intriguing and intimate political biography of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister and Peres’s erstwhile mentor. Readers will enjoy Peres’s analysis of his relationship with Ben-Gurion and will find his humility appealing. And his emotional admissions elevate this book above a standard biography.”
Shimon Peres has been president of the State of Israel since 2007. In 1947, at David Ben-Gurion’s request, he was recruited by the Haganah, and he was appointed head of naval services in 1948. Over a long and distinguished political career, he has held numerous cabinet-level positions, including foreign minister and defense minister, and served two terms as prime minister. One of the architects of the Oslo Accords, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994.
David Landau was editor in chief of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz from 2004 to 2008. Before joining Haaretz in 1997, Landau was the diplomatic correspondent and managing editor of The Jerusalem Post. He is the author of Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism and worked with Shimon Peres on his memoir, Battling for Peace. He currently writes for The Economist.
This is a wonderful biography of an outstanding leader. I bought this book in Israel 3 years ago and gave it to a friend that admires this great leader. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mauricio
Amazingly instructive and honest account from a unique man who saw it all, did it all yet kept his candid and optimistic philosopPublished 7 months ago by Patrick Karuretwa
A wonderful book that should remind all Americans just how difficult was to bring Israel into it's own State. Much like how America became our own Nation from England. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. D. Mackin
A Great Lesson of history, a giant of The 20 century. God bless Israel and The jewish people.
Amem and shalom !
This book is extremely good to those people that are interested in Jewish history. It spells out amazing principles of a pioneer, a leader, a statesman and a visionary. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chemani
A very interesting book, with the description of an impressive life, marvellous and thrilling.
Wish there were more books on the subject of Israeli heroes.
Really interesting to read about such a great man and the struggles in the founding of Israel. Really easy to read.Published 17 months ago by Robert E. Freeman
I considered several books on Ben Gurion before deciding to read this one and I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by John Adams