A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion

Author:   Tom Segev ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
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9780374112646


Pages:   816
Publication Date:   09 September 2019
Format:   Hardback
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When Tom Segev's biography of David Ben-Gurion was published in Israel in early 2018, it was a major event, making headlines and earning worldwide coverage in The New York Times and elsewhere. The culmination of a lifetime's work, A State at Any Cost casts the history of Israel and its founder in a bracing new light. Using large amounts of previously unrevealed archival material, Segev demonstrates Ben-Gurion's power, skills, and achievements, as well as his limitations, weaknesses, and failures. Segev's probing account reveals for the first time Ben-Gurion's secret negotiations with the British on the eve of Israel's independence, his willingness to countenance the forced transfer of Arab neighbors, his relative indifference to the status of Jerusalem and Israel's nuclear program, and his occasional nutty moments -from UFO sightings to a plan for Israel to acquire territory in South America. Segev also shows that Ben-Gurion first heard about the Holocaust from a Palestinian Arab acquaintance, and reveals Ben-Gurion's tempestuous private life, including the testimony of four longtime lovers. Many admired Ben-Gurion in his day, and many now miss his vision and inspiration, his boldness and integrity. Others have vilified him as an aggressive, divisive, dour, and often capricious politician. But only a few have really grasped the most intimate and guarded aspects of his complex character, the man behind the myth. As in his seven previous books on Israel and the Holocaust, which have been translated into fourteen languages, Segev again offers a vibrant page-turner with unexpected discoveries and original insights.

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Author:   Tom Segev ,  Haim Watzman
Publisher:   Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Imprint:   Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Dimensions:   Width: 15.40cm , Height: 6.40cm , Length: 23.30cm
Weight:   0.300kg
ISBN:  

9780374112646


ISBN 10:   0374112649
Pages:   816
Publication Date:   09 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   No Longer Our Product
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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To say that Segev has written another history of David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) would be an understatement . . . [A State at Any Cost is] a definitive biography of Israel's former prime minister . . . Scholars and devoted readers of political history, notably of the Middle East, will turn to Segev's majestic analysis of this pivotal leader for decades to come. --Library Journal Eminent Israeli journalist and historian [Tom Segev] chronicles the life of a driven leader who galvanized others to the exhausting, relentless pursuit of a state of Israel . . . A fair portrait of a difficult, hard-nosed character. --Kirkus Tom Segev's meticulously researched and most elegantly written new biography of David Ben-Gurion is a must for anybody interested in both the glorious and the dark pages of the history of Zionism and Israel, as reflected throughout the life and times of the Jewish State's most important founding father. --Saul Friedlander, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Nazi Germany and the Jews and Where Memory Leads [A] carefully researched and nonjudgemental biography . . . Tom Segev's A State at Any Cost aptly summarizes the lodestar of Ben-Gurion's life. --Avraham Avi-hai, The Jerusalem Post In the course of six years of research, Segev . . . discovered a leader fraught with dramatic contrasts . . . the author has come up with significant historical revelations. --Ofer Aderet, Haaretz Tom Segev has completed a monumental task. The work includes the research of a true detective. --Avner Cohen, author of Israel and the Bomb


Tom Segev's meticulously researched and most elegantly written new biography of David Ben-Gurion is a must for anybody interested in both the glorious and the dark pages of the history of Zionism and Israel, as reflected throughout the life and times of the Jewish State's most important founding father. --Saul Friedl nder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Nazi Germany and the Jews and Where Memory Leads [A] carefully researched and nonjudgemental biography . . . Tom Segev's A State at Any Cost aptly summarizes the lodestar of Ben-Gurion's life. --Avraham Avi-hai, The Jerusalem Post In the course of six years of research, Segev . . . discovered a leader fraught with dramatic contrasts . . . the author has come up with significant historical revelations. --Ofer Aderet, Haaretz Tom Segev has completed a monumental task. The work includes the research of a true detective. --Avner Cohen, author of Israel and the Bomb


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Tom Segev is among Israel's leading journalists and historians. His works include The Seventh Million; 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year That Transformed the Middle East; Simon Wiesenthal; and One Palestine, Complete (chosen one of ten best books of 2000 by The New York Times). Haim Watzman is a Jerusalem-based writer, journalist, and translator. He is the author, most recently, of Necessary Stories, a collection of short fiction. His previous books are Company C: An American's Life as a Citizen-Soldier in Israel (FSG, 2005) and A Crack in the Earth: A Journey Up Israel's Rift Valley (FSG, 2007).

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