The Resource Ben-Gurion : a political life, Shimon Peres in conversation with David Landau

Ben-Gurion : a political life, Shimon Peres in conversation with David Landau

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Ben-Gurion : a political life
Title
Ben-Gurion
Title remainder
a political life
Statement of responsibility
Shimon Peres in conversation with David Landau
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Language
eng
Summary
A portrait of Israel's first prime minister covers his support of the United Nations 1947 Partition Plan for Palestine, his granting of first exemptions to Orthodox military servicepeople, and his peaceful overtures toward post-Holocaust Germany
Review
  • Peres, president and former prime minister of Israel, provides an intriguing and intimate political biography of David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), Israel’s first prime minister and his erstwhile mentor. Readers will enjoy Peres’s analysis of his relationship with Ben-Gurion and will find his humility appealing: “Why did Ben-Gurion take to me?” And his emotional admissions—that he had never “met a man with inner strength and determination” as Ben-Gurion and that like “Churchill, the other details of life shrink into insignificance alongside the decisions made at a crucial juncture in Israel’s history”—elevate this book above a standard biography. The author describes their long friendship with warmth, obvious affection, and respect, but readers might be surprised that the book’s brightest spots are when Peres discusses his own life, especially as reminiscences of Ben-Gurion frequently take the format of conversations between Peres and his co-writer, Landau, former editor-in-chief of the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, which are embedded within the text and break up the flow of the narrative. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed August 8, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 32, p)
  • The current Israeli president teams with a journalist to survey and celebrate the life of David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), one of the founders of the State of Israel. This latest entry in Nextbook's Jewish Encounters series makes no real pretense of objectivity. As a young man, Peres (The Imaginary Voyage: With Theodor Herzl in Israel, 2000, etc.) worked with Ben-Gurion and idolized him (still does), so the narrative is hardly fair and balanced. There are several issues, however, that divided Peres and co-author and Economist writer Landau (once editor-in-chief of Haaretz), and at those moments the authors step outside the narrative, shifting to a dialogue format to discuss/debate the issues. These include Ben-Gurion's focus on Zionism at the possible expense of rescuing Holocaust victims, the controversial partition deal he accepted in 1948, the decision to align with the West, his determination not to create a theocracy in Israel and the effectiveness of reprisal raids launched against attacking states and political entities. Because Landau crafted the text from a series of taped interviews with Peres, there is a personal, conversational tone throughout, which brightens and sharpens in the dialogue segments. The authors occasionally step outside politics to provide some conventional information. Their subject was born David Gruen in Poland in 1886; an early love affair went sour before his marriage, during which he had children. But this is principally a story about intractable, internecine politics and a fierce politician whose intelligence, will, biblical convictions and courage were fundamental in the successful creation of Israel. If the authors sometimes soar too high (calling Ben-Gurion a "mythic figure" and a "modern-day prophet"), readers must remember that this is history in the form of gratitude, not a disinterested dissertation.  (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10020272
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1923-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peres, Shimon
Dewey number
  • 956.94052
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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1947-
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Landau, David
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True
Series statement
Jewish encounters
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  • Ben-Gurion, David
  • Prime ministers
  • Zionists
  • Israel
Target audience
general
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a political life
Label
Ben-Gurion : a political life, Shimon Peres in conversation with David Landau
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Beginnings -- Young Turk -- Union boss -- Onward and upward -- What could he do? -- Fateful hour -- Birth pangs -- Settling in -- Jewish people, Jewish policy -- A nation among nations -- Defense of the realm -- Soured fruits -- Tomb of the patriarch
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 224 p., [12] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780805242829
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011021044
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a704246
  • (OCoLC)759468669
Label
Ben-Gurion : a political life, Shimon Peres in conversation with David Landau
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
Beginnings -- Young Turk -- Union boss -- Onward and upward -- What could he do? -- Fateful hour -- Birth pangs -- Settling in -- Jewish people, Jewish policy -- A nation among nations -- Defense of the realm -- Soured fruits -- Tomb of the patriarch
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 224 p., [12] p. of plates
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780805242829
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2011021044
Other physical details
ill., ports.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a704246
  • (OCoLC)759468669

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