- Hardcover: 628 pages
- Publisher: Random House; 1st ed edition (1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0394493028
- ISBN-13: 978-0394493022
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Abba Eban: An Autobiography Hardcover – 1977
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First, this book is about much more than just the life of Abba Eban. Abba Eban embodies a significant portion of Israeli history. In his autobiography he relates this history in first person. The book is less abstractly intellectual than his book _My People: The Story of the Jews_. Instead, Eban's autobiography focusses largely on the personalities who helped create Israel as Mr. Eban knew them. This means that one of the most sweeping and dramatic events of the 20th century comes alive through the eyes of one of its central figures.
Second, aside from being at the heart of the establishment and nurturing of Israeli statehood, Mr. Eban is one of this centuries foremost diplomats. Anyone with an interest in diplomacy or international relations will be thrilled with the inside view and personal analysis Mr. Eban gives. Eban discusses how he dealt with the down to earth Harry Truman, the volatile David Ben Gurion, the stubborn Golda Meir, and many more.
Third, Abba Eban writes in an engaging and insightful manner. Eban is a great story teller, using stunning descriptive writing, clever analogies, and plenty of dry wit. This may sound like an excessively strong endorsement, but I think the point is that Mr. Eban's command of language makes the stories he relates, fascinating in their own right, all the more powerful.
In conclusion, if you would enjoy a well written book with unique insights into the establishment and development of the State of Israel from the perspective of Israel's foremost statesman, then I believe you won't be dissapointed by Mr. Eban's splendid autobiography.
Eban's story and the story of Israel taken together make this work an especially interesting one. But there is an additional element. Eban was not only a first- rate diplomat he was in a sense as his later books would show a ' philospher of diplomacy' And there are numerous invaluable insights in this regard, as well as vivid portraits of many of the significant personalities Eban encounters on his way.
A truly great autobiography.
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An excellent smart diplomat, very dedicated to human rightPublished 12 months ago by Gholam Farsheed
Read to learn who Abba Eban was, a great orater, statesman, and so much more....an amazing individual.Published 13 months ago by D. J. Singer
A must for anyone interested in the goings on within the context of the international stage regarding the birth of Israel. Brilliant book from an angle that is often forgotten.Published 13 months ago by Ari Levitt
israeli politicians are the best in he world--what our washington jefferson lincoln etc.were long ago--this book challenges us to a higher intellectual level--deeper... Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by louise wohltmann
Abba Eban was Israel's first ambassador to the UN, and he played a major role in the debates and diplomacy that resulted in the formal creation of the modern state of Israel. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by Suchos