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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner Paperbacks (September 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860073947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860073949
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maybe some day I will pick this book up again.
Patricia
It reveals a person of great courage will and dedication who gave her life to her people.
Shalom Freedman
All in all this is an interesting book that you will certainly enjoy reading.
Melvin Hunt

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on May 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Life by Golda Meir is a compelling autobiography, which tells of the life of this amazing woman, from her early poverty-stricken childhood in Kiev, to her tenure as Prime Minister of Israel, from 1969 to 1974.
It is also the story of Zionism, and the State of Israel-it's struggle to be born, amidst Arab and British hostility, and its struggle to survive against the venomous hatred of the Arab world, and the treachery of the international community.
She writes at length about the struggle against the British, who did their dammdest during the 1930's and 1940's to ensure that the Jewish State would be stillborn in blood. The British barred millions of Jewish men, women and children fleeing Hitler, from entering Israel, turning them back to perish in the Nazi ovens.
And even today the attitude of the British establishment towards Israel, is one of uncompromising callous poison.
Written in 1975, the world still made a lot more sense then, as this was before it became so illogically fashionable to so viciously hate tiny, democratic Israel. But still the trends that would intensify where beginning. Gold Meir was a lifelong Socialist, but spared no punches in condemning the Soviet Union for it's perfidious backing of all Arab attempts to destroy Israel. She also condemns the New Left, which at the time the book was written, where beginning their hate campaign against Israel.
She refers to her disgust at the honoring by the UN of mass murderer, Yasser Arafat: " It is bitter to write...
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Hunt on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was a very good history book as well as a touching novel. You are able to trace the life of Golda Meir from her days as a school teacher in Milwaukee to her days as prime minister of Israel. Through this book you are also exposed to a great deal of Israeli history. This book also gives you insight into some of the great leaders as well as the great events that helped to shape the nation of Israel. It was especially entertaining to read her opinions of David Ben Gurion and Moshe Dayan. The Yom Kippur war also makes for interesting reading. All in all this is an interesting book that you will certainly enjoy reading.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By milkweed beetle on December 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a first rate account of the history of Israel told through a compelling and modest voice of one of its most important founders. This book greatly deserves a new printing and extensive circulation.
Golda Meir's autobiography is simply and powerfully written. Her account of her childhood in Russia and youth in the USA is straightfoward and unsentimental and shows the early roots of one of the most dedicated and ethical leaders of the century. While free of self-aggrandizement her gifts as a speaker and reprentative of the Jewish people are clearly presented (through speech excepts), and her account of the development of the state of Israel and its first 30 years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Beautifully written memoirs of one of the key players in the building of the Jewish State. A must read for anyone who wants to truly understand Israel and it's place in the Middle East. This is the type of book that you will read late into the night, and will bring tears to your eyes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 21, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the story of one of the great leaders of modern Israel and its first woman Prime Minister. It tells of her long journey from Kiev to Jerusalem by way of Milwaukee. It is written in the simple straightforward style that she was known for. It reveals a person of great courage will and dedication who gave her life to her people. It shows too the extent to which the early leaders of Israel were dedicated to their task of nation- building. By reading this book one will not only learn about a great woman one will understand more about the history of modern Israel.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Reading this book taught me more about the dedication and bravery of the early Zionists than any movie could, since it is told by one of the principal actors on the scene. After reading this account of a woman who helped found the state of Israel under the most incredibly difficult personal and political conditions, it is hard to believe any more in the idea of the "impossible". So, I'm gushing! I wish there were a volume 2!
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Michael Freeman on December 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a first-hand account of the history of (modern) Israel, and the part Golda Meir played in it. It is amazing to see how a young Jewish girl from Kiev, USSR, makes it to the highest office in the new nation of Israel.
When I read accounts like this, it just infuriates me when I realize how much hatred the world has had, and still does have, for the Jews, and how much the Arabs will stop at nothing to destroy them. Make no mistake. . . while some of the Arab people may want peace, the Arab leadership does not. This is obvious when you look at this history of the region. The only times the Arab leadership has really pursued peace are the (5!) times they've gotten their tails kicked severely after attacking Israel.
The dedication of the Jewish people comes alive in this book. Many gave the utmost sacrifice in contribution to the founding and preservation of the Nation.
I recommend this book for anyone who is curious about the founding of Israel. One warning: Golda Meir (as were many of the founders of Israel) was an ardent Socialist; this was definitely evident in her book, and was a bit hard for me to stomach at times.
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