Ben-Gurion: His Later Years in the Political Wilderness
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Summing Up: Recommended. General readers through faculty., CHOICE
Avi Shilon has uncovered a little known period in Israeli history – warts and all.... He has reminded us of Ben-Gurion’s uniqueness, his flaws and his greatness. It is easy to either love him or to hate him. Shilon has injected a realistic complexity into the imagery of this enigmatic and probably shy man who – without exaggeration – changed the course of Jewish history. , Fathom
[T]his book should be seen as an important contribution to the growing library of works on the 'Old Man'and his outstanding role in Jewish history.... Shilon’s most important contribution is his examination of areas largely neglected by previous biographers. He discusses at length Ben Gurion’s efforts to write the history of modern Israel., Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs
David Ben-Gurion comes alive in this volume, not as a man of action but as a man in decline, increasingly marginalized and, in the end, living in near-isolation on the periphery of the society that he himself had done so much to create. But Shilon’s fine portrait of a fading octogenarian nevertheless casts a revealing light on the unchanging personality of the man whose zealousness had once been of decisive historical importance. -- Allan Arkush, professor of Judaic Studies and History, Binghamton University
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Hardcover : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1442249463
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442249462
- Product Dimensions : 6.43 x 1.01 x 9.35 inches
- Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 12, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,283,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'll quote an example: Albeit his retirement, .....he wanted to pass on the king's throne to Eshkol, while sewing for himself the cloak of the profit, the king's mentor" (page 12).
On page 111: "the memories of his ideological struggles as prime minister....were often drought with personal circumstances as well".
There are so many bloopers - mostly incorrect use of prepositions and conjunctions, that only a native speaker of English can manage to master, that the book becomes effortful to read.
I plead with all future Israeli authors: insist on having your work proofread by a native speaker of English before it is published. These kind of errors tend to spoil the truly excellent work produced by many Israeli novelists and non-fiction writers.