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The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership

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This intimate narrative takes the reader behind the scenes into the chambers of Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzchak Rabin, and Menachem Begin on whose personal staffs the author served. Employing time-honored literary devices of scene-setting, impressionistic description, and characterization, he restores to life episodes of war and peace as these amazing individuals, early leaders of Israel, grappled with one another and with the life-and-death decisions they were often called upon to make. In the author's eyes, Menachem Begin emerges as most exceptional, and much of the book is devoted to him. Based largely on personal notes, as well as on actual transcripts and correspondence, some of which are revealed here for the first time, the narrative reenacts how each of the leaders responded under conditions of acute stress - be it terror or war- and how their respective relationships unfolded with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter.

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Joseph Landes, December 8, 2011 (view all comments by Joseph Landes)
The rabbi of our synagogue spoke about this book during the first day of our Rosh Hashana (New Year) service and a few days later I went out and purchased it---and am very happy I did. I have heard several people say that The Prime Ministers is a quick read and that you will finish it in a couple of days. That wasn't my experience as with over 700 pages it is definitely not a quick read--although I do concur that it is an easy and enjoyable read.

I found The Prime Ministers to be really two books in one. Yehuda Avner--essentially the speechwriter of several Israeli prime ministers writes one book that encompasses from Levi Eshkol through Yitzchak Rabin and then the rest of the book--and really what I feel to be his most poignant writing-is abour the administration of Menachem Begin through his death 9 years after retiring from office. Yehuda Avner does a great job getting across the seriousness of so many moments in Jewish history while at the same time infusing the book with several quite funny moments including his own "birthday" at the Johnson White House with Rabin. I felt that the majority of the book that dealt with Begin's time in office was the most interesting and rewarding from the reader's standpoint. He painted Begin as a man of such deep principles, such an incredible leader during difficult times, and someone who really stood up for all of Israel with both friends and foes. The description of the relationship he built with Anwar Sadat was a highlight of the book.

I very much enjoyed The Prime Ministers and recommend it highly for anyone looking for a good survey of Israeli history from Eshkol through Begin.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781592642786
Author:
Avner, Yehuda
Publisher:
Toby Press
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Middle East - Israel
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
731
Dimensions:
9.24x6.38x2.15 in. 2.85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This intimate narrative takes the reader behind the scenes into the chambers of Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzchak Rabin, and Menachem Begin on whose personal staffs the author served. Employing time-honored literary devices of scene-setting, impressionistic description, and characterization, he restores to life episodes of war and peace as these amazing individuals, early leaders of Israel, grappled with one another and with the life-and-death decisions they were often called upon to make. In the author's eyes, Menachem Begin emerges as most exceptional, and much of the book is devoted to him. Based largely on personal notes, as well as on actual transcripts and correspondence, some of which are revealed here for the first time, the narrative reenacts how each of the leaders responded under conditions of acute stress - be it terror or war- and how their respective relationships unfolded with Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter.
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