- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Putnam; 1st edition (1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399116699
- ISBN-13: 978-0399116698
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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...Read more ›
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.
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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he book entitled "My Life" arrived in fine time. Exactly as promised. Exactly as described. A wonderful autobiography by my role model. A must read. Thanks. Anita FreilichPublished 11 months ago by anita freilich
Should be required reading for all girls-women, at least.There is more to learn from autobiographies than generally realized. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Shane A Cunningham
Clear concise very entertaining and very informative about the history of the start of Israel.Published 14 months ago by Shirley J
Great history of the Zionist movement and the first tentative days of Israel.Published 15 months ago by Brandon Pickett
wonderful personal history of Israel and Golda's contribution. Israel's struggle then and now.Published 17 months ago by marilynn hall
Fabulous story of Golda's life. What an amazing woman of steel. Reading about the history of Israel, and looking at what is happening in the world today, nothing has changed! Read morePublished 19 months ago by H. Lightner
Super long book of her meetings and others she's known, but not as much about her as I expected. Also, I had one view of her from the media (I was high school aged when she... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pam N.