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No Room for Small Dreams

Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
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In 1934, 11-year-old Shimon Peres emigrated to the land of Israel from his native Poland, leaving behind an extended family who would later be murdered in the Holocaust. Few back then would have predicted that this young man would eventually become one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Peres would indeed go on to serve the new nation as prime minister, president, foreign minister, and the head of several other ministries. He was central to the establishment of the Israeli Defense Forces and the defense industry that would provide the young nation with a robust deterrent power. He was crucial to launching Israel's nuclear energy program and to the creation of its high-tech "Start Up Nation" revolution. His refusal to surrender to conventional wisdom and political conventions helped save the Israeli economy and prompted some of the most daring military operations in history, among them the legendary Operation Entebbe. And yet, as important as his role in creating and deploying Israel's armed forces was, his stunning transition from hawk to dove - with its accompanying unwavering commitment to peace - made him one of the globe's most recognized, honored, and admired statesmen.

In this, his final work, finished only weeks before his passing, Peres offers a long-awaited examination of the crucial turning points in Israeli history through the prism of having been a decision maker and eyewitness. Told with the frankness of someone aware this would likely be his final statement, No Room for Small Dreams spans decades and events, but as much as it is about what happened, it is about why it happened. Examining pivotal moments in Israel's rise, Peres explores what makes for a great leader, how to make hard choices in a climate of uncertainty and distress, the challenges of balancing principles with policies, and the liberating nature of imagination and unpredicted innovation. In doing so, he not only charts a better path forward for his beloved country but provides deep and universal wisdom for younger generations who seek to lead - be it in politics, business, or the broader service of making our planet a safer, more peaceful, and just place.

©2017 Shimon Peres (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Moving and inspirational

I ordered this book because I am a fan of the narrator. I am so happy I did.

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Shimon Peres

Shimon Peres really inspired me. Someone who really dreamed and lived to the full. And acted out their dreams despite its consequences.
Wish I could do the same.

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An inspiring book by an incredible leader

An incredible leader, who did extraordinary things, most of which were done in the shadows. An incredible history of the country's creation and development.

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Inspiring look at the making of modern Israel.

This book was a beautiful account of a man who gave his entire life in service to his country. His insights into the past hold implications for future generations to take not of. The voice of this man calls both the old and young to great courage, and bigger dreams.

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A True Israeli Hero

Although I did not view Shimon Peres favorably before I listened to this audio book, my attitude towards him has changed dramatically, and I am very impressed with his many accomplishments on behalf of the State of Israel. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and recommend it to anyone who is interested in Shimon Peres' fascinating life story.

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I found this to be a wonderful, insightful book

At first I was hesitant to select it as I didn't know if I would enjoy a biographical book... usually not my favorite. Would I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY!

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Wow

While I disagree profoundly with Zionism, this book is a must read for anyone wanting to get a glimpse into the mind of a true leader. A man who refused to dream small and ultimately changed the course of history. I recommend 100%.

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Inspirational!

This is such an inspiring book written by a truly great man, It is possible that this leader will never get the credit he deserves from the members of his own country, but his impact is unmistakably huge. Although he talks about his contributions, I saw his narrative of his role in the creation and governance of his nation as exceptionally modest. He will be missed as the consistent voice of peace in a nation that is losing its way. I grieve.

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This book is a dream within a dream

easy to listen, really nice written but for far the best thing is the inspirational content

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Reflection on your story

This was a truly moving book and point of view. Believe in the impossible as trust in yourself.