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Israel's current president gives us a dramatic and revelatory biography of Israel's founding father and first prime minister.
Shimon Peres was in his early twenties when he first met David Ben-Gurion. Although the state that Ben-Gurion would lead through war and peace had not yet declared its precarious independence, the "Old Man," as he was called even then, was already a mythic figure. Peres, who came of age in the cabinets of Ben-Gurion, is uniquely placed to evoke this figure of stirring contradictions--a prophetic visionary and a canny pragmatist who early grasped the necessity of compromise for national survival. Ben-Gurion supported the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, though it meant surrendering a two-thousand-year-old dream of Jewish settlement in the entire land of Israel. He granted the Orthodox their first exemptions from military service despite his own deep secular commitments, and he reached out to Germany in the aftermath of the Holocaust, knowing that Israel would need as many strong alliances as possible within the European community.
A protege of Ben-Gurion and himself a legendary figure on the international political stage, Shimon Peres brings to his account of Ben-Gurion's life and towering achievements the profound insight of a statesman who shares Ben-Gurion's dream of a modern, democratic Jewish nation-state that lives in peace and security alongside its Arab neighbors. In Ben-Gurion, Peres sees a neglected model of leadership that Israel and the world desperately need in the twenty-first century.

About Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres has been president of the State of Israel since 2007. In 1947, at David Ben-Gurion s request, he was recruited by the Haganah, and he was appointed head of naval services in 1948. Over a long and distinguished political career, he has held numerous cabinet-level positions, including foreign minister and defense minister, and served two terms as prime minister. One of the architects of the Oslo Accords, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. David Landau was editor in chief of the Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" from 2004 to 2008. Before joining "Haaretz" in 1997, Landau was the diplomatic correspondent and managing editor of "The Jerusalem Post." He is the author of "Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism" and worked with Shimon Peres on his memoir, "Battling for Peace." He currently writes for "The Economist.""

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Author : Shimon Peres
Publisher : Schocken Books
Data Published : 01 October 2011
ISBN : 0805242821
EAN : 9780805242829
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 240 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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