38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2001
I read this book about 20 years ago. Back then I wanted to buy a few copies to give to my relatives and could not find it. I am glad it is printed again.
Jonathan lived a short but tremendous life. He died for his people and his ideas. It is amazing to see a young man, when he was a teenager, and being so patriotic.
This should be a required reading in schools across America. May be his role model will instill in the young (and old) love for their country and sacrifice.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2007
I picked up The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu at Ben Gurion on my way back to the states without any expectations (after all, how good can a book picked up at the airport be?)...and I was completely blown away - this is the most powerful book that I have ever read. In an age of anti-heroes and villians, where it is so easy to find moral failure in people and literature - Jonathan shines through as a star among a multitude of gray, flabby inertia. His well thought-out convictions followed by the courage to act on them to the end, despite the sacrifice that they entailed, are a standard that one should strive for. "I do not attribute value to a life without meaning," he said at 17, simply and perceptively - something that is so rare to see in people at any age, where almost everyone I know there tithers from job to job with no purpose other than the accumulation of material wealth (which inevitably doesn't make them any happier).
I think I will need a great passage of time and multiple reads before I can fully sort out my thoughts on this book. Everything from the Wars of the Jews (which are still as bitter and short-sighted as he talks about) to his contrast of the U.S. and Israel, to the quality of the people serving in the IDF, to what brings happiness and contentment to ones life, all ring true to me.
I know that there is more to say - a lot more - but I'm going to let this review stand on its own for now.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The people of Israel lost a great potential leader when Yoni Netanyahu was killed while leading the rescue operation at Entebbe.
These letters are the letters of a soldier. But they are more than that. They are the letters of a dedicated idealist, a fighter for his people who shows an unusual maturity and wisdom for his young years. They are the letters of a person of integrity whose struggle in life, and through a difficult Army service is not easy. He is a true patriot and a devoted son to his family .His understanding of the complexity of the war Israel is in is second to none.
He impresses as being in his intelligence, and in his quiet strength precisely the kind of leader Israel needs.
His death made him a legend , and his name a symbol of what is best in the struggle of Israel for its existence. But what a loss when one thinks of how much this remarkable person gave, and could have given to his society and world.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2002
I was recently introduced to this work by a friend who took a curious interest in my decision to leave a career in securities and investments for a position with the humanitarian arm of the military. More than any military or political aspects of the book, I was profoundly impressed with the maturity, strength, and convictions of Mr. Netanyahu as an individual. His wisdom and fortitude and pride for his country are outweighed only by the depth of love for his family. What a fresh perspective juxtaposed with the persona of contemporary Western adolescents!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2008
This is one of my favorite books. It takes you into the heart and soul of a son of Israel. Yoni has become one of my favorite people in history because of this book. It can be hard to read at times, like when he says to Bibi about why he lives in Israel and not in the US. He talks about explaining to his children... Yoni didn't have a child who survived him. That's sad. He brings you into his world, his life, his joys and his sorrows. He was a very competent soldier, who did what was necessary for Israel, but when you read these letters, you find out WHY he did what he did. Israel lost a leader that day on July 4 1976, and he is sorely missed today. This is what the book of letters has shown me.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2006
"The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu" is a very moving account of a young teen as he moves towards adulthood. His own words portray a life filled with duty, honor, and service to his people and his country. At the expense of his education, his marriage, and later his own life, Yoni shows by example what it means to sacrifice for a cause worth dying for. In today's American society, where young liberals question the intelligence and sanity of their friends who have enlisted in the War on Terror, I think this book should be required reading.
My heart goes out to his parents, brothers, and the people of Israel. As is obvious from these letters, they lost one of the best and brightest of his generation.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
I first read a version of this book while in the Marines in the 80's. My fellow Marine didnt really want to part with it, so he more or less supervised me while i read it. But i read it, cover to cover, supervised by a sometime grouchy phillipino corporal. (Good friend, good NCO). I new immediatly that it was indeed a treasure. 2012, its still a treasure, and no, you cant borrow it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
I chose this book about a real contemporary hero as a gift for high school & college grads. In today's America where the family unit, education and societal "leadership" are weak and corrupt, where mediocrity and dependence are almost encouraged rather than rejected, I wanted my young friends to be in touch with someone who had ultimate dedication, courage, heart and was willing to work hard for what he wanted. Yoni Netanyahu was a valiant soldier for peace, a great lover of humanity and especially his family, a man who proudly gave everything for his country and it's people. A good example of an individual making the most of every day.
I ordered several copies that Amazon chose to send from different sources, all arriving quickly and in good order, as is my normal Amazon experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2011
This was actually a purchase I made for my son who requested it. I'm going to read it if I can ever get him to remember to bring it to me, lol. He said it was a really, really good book with lots of personal information, as well as historical. We are fans of the Netanyahus, though we have never met them. We are grateful to them for their life's devotion to their country and to liberty.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
Sometimes you see, or hear, or read something and it just changes your heart. It changes what it means to be you.
Yoni's letters are a true treasure, and it is shameful and disgraceful that rather than read and reflect on them, people are reading about the latest antics of Paris Hilton or other such air-head.
Yoni, as revealed by his own letters, is a hero in the truest sense of the word. You should buy this book now.
You'll be better off. It's better than all the other self-help, leadership, or motivational books out there.
Buy it. Read it. There's nothing more to say.