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From the son and confidant of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon comes an unparalleled look at the life and work of one of the world's most powerful leaders.
From his youth as a soldier to his service in government, Ariel Sharon has personified Israel's unyielding drive for security. He revolutionized the Israel Defense Forces and established the antiterror commando Unit 101. His leadership during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars made him a national hero and propelled him into the political arena. As terror grew throughout the Middle East, Sharon's commitment to protect and bring peace to his people underscored his election as prime minister in 2001. But within months of his taking office, the 9/11 attacks shook the Western world—thrusting the controversial statesman into the center of international affairs.
Throughout his life but especially as prime minister, Sharon kept a meticulous personal record of events and of the discussions he had with world leaders, including George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah, Kofi Annan, Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, Hosni Mubarak, Mahmoud Abbas, and others. But what the public knew of these interactions often differed dramatically from what went on in private.
Gilad Sharon, the prime minister's youngest son and close confidant, has combed through his father's vast archive—conversations, personal notes, diaries, daybooks, military directives, correspondence, and thousands of other documents—to offer a rare, intimate, and compelling look at one man's evolution into one of the world's most powerful and influential figures.
I read this some time ago. It was an informative book about Sharon. I enjoyed it and recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Jack Kushner
His life coincided with the history of Israel and chronicles the good and bad. His relationships with Ben Gurion, Dayan, Putin, etc are enlightening. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Kowarski
Sharon life is embedded in the history of Israel.
The story of a nation surrounded with enemies, not treated fairly by the international community, which struggled from... Read more
I liked the book. It was a great story. It was obvious that a son was writing about a father he loved and admired. A good review of Israel's history. The writing was clear. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donald Vincent
Kept jumping around. Can't finish. Hard to read if your not sitting for an extended time. Definitely heart felt from his sin.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love reading about Arik from his son's perspective, The intimate details he shares about his father's sensitivity, as well as his tough exterior persona. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Wendy Smith
Good book. Easy read. Very informative. Open, honest,point of views. Typically Israeli attitude. Sometimes a bit heavy handed on opinions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by karen tupper
Gilad sharon writes a touching and interesting portrait of ex prime minster Ariel sharon ....much of the book details the recent history of negotiations between the PLO during the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Edwin Ortiz