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Ben-Gurion

By: Shimon Peres, David Landau
Narrated by: Michael Prichard
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Publisher's summary

Shimon Peres was in his early 20s 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 2,000-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.

©2011 David Landau (P)2011 Tantor

Critic reviews

"Shimon Peres... provides an intriguing and intimate political biography of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister and Peres's erstwhile mentor. Readers will enjoy Peres's analysis of his relationship with Ben-Gurion and will find his humility appealing. And his emotional admissions elevate this book above a standard biography." ( Publishers Weekly)