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Moshe Dayan: Israel's Controversial Hero (Jewish Lives)by Mordechai Bar-on
Synopses & Reviews
In eleven dramatic years, Anwar Sadat changed historyandmdash;not just that of Egypt, or of the Middle East, but of the entire world. As the architect of the 1973 war against Israel, he gained the support of other Arab nations and inspired the oil embargo that transformed the global economy. Following the war, however, he forever ended Arab aspirations of unity by making peace with Israel. Early in his presidency, Sadat jettisoned Egyptandrsquo;s alliance with the Soviet Union and turned to the United States, thereby giving the West a crucial Cold War victory. Sadatandrsquo;s historic tenure still resonates in the twenty-first century as the Islamic activistsandmdash;whom he originally encouraged but who opposed his conciliatory policy toward Israel and ultimately played a role in his assassinationandmdash;continue to foster activism, including the Muslim Brotherhood, today.
Thomas W. Lippman was stationed in the Middle East as a journalist during Sadatandrsquo;s presidency and lived in Egypt in the aftermath of the October War. He knew Sadat personally, but only now, after the passage of time and the long-delayed release of the U.S. State Departmentandrsquo;s diplomatic files, can Lippman assess the full consequences of Sadatandrsquo;s presidency. Hero of the Crossing provides an eye-opening account of the profound reverberations of one leaderandrsquo;s political, cultural, and economic maneuverings and legacy.
A vivid portrait of one of the most powerful leaders in Israels first decades of statehood
Instantly recognizable with his iconic eye patch, Moshe Dayan (1915-1981) was one of Israel's most charismatic—and controversial—personalities. As a youth he earned the reputation of a fearless warrior, and in later years as a leading military tactician, admired by peers and enemies alike. As chief of staff during the 1956 Sinai Campaign and as minister of defense during the 1967 Six Day War, Dayan led the Israel Defense Forces to stunning military victories. But in the aftermath of the bungled 1973 Yom Kippur War, he shared the blame for operational mistakes and retired from the government. He later proved himself a principled and talented diplomat, playing an integral role in peace negotiations with Egypt.
In this memorable biography, Mordechai Bar-On, Dayan's IDF bureau chief, offers an intimate view of Dayan's private life, public career, and political controversies, set against an original analysis of Israel's political environment from pre-Mandate Palestine through the early 1980s. Drawing on a wealth of Israeli archives, accounts by Dayan and members of his circle, and firsthand experiences, Bar-On reveals Dayan as a man unwavering in his devotion to Zionism and the Land of Israel. Moshe Dayan makes a unique contribution to the history of Israel and the complexities of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
About the Author
Mordechai Bar-On is senior research fellow, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem. He served in the Israel Defense Forces as General Moshe Dayan's bureau chief during the Sinai Campaign, and in 1984 was elected to the Knesset, Israel's parliament. He lives in Jerusalem.
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