Ben Gurion Father of Modern Israel An insightful study of the inner life of the Zionist leader responsible for the creation of the state of Israel David Ben Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime and his legacy continues to be

  • Title: Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel
  • Author: Anita Shapira
  • ISBN: 9780300180459
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An insightful study of the inner life of the Zionist leader responsible for the creation of the state of Israel David Ben Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography byAn insightful study of the inner life of the Zionist leader responsible for the creation of the state of Israel David Ben Gurion cast a great shadow during his lifetime, and his legacy continues to be sharply debated to this day There have been many books written about the life and accomplishments of the Zionist icon and founder of modern Israel, but this new biography by eminent Israeli historian Anita Shapira strives to get to the core of the complex man who would become the face of the new Jewish nation Shapira tells the Ben Gurion story anew, focusing especially on the period after 1948, during the first years of statehood As a result of her extensive research and singular access to Ben Gurion s personal archives, the author provides fascinating and original insights into his personal qualities and those that defined his political leadership As Shapira writes, Ben Gurion liked to argue that history is made by the masses, not individuals But just as Lenin brought the Bolshevik Revolution into the world and Churchill delivered a fighting Britain, so with Ben Gurion and the Jewish state He knew how to create and exploit the circumstances that made its birth possible Shapira s portrait reveals the flesh and blood man who than anyone else realized the Israeli state.

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    1. I heard an interview with Anita Shapira on the New York Times Book Review podcast about the writing of this book. The interview intrigues me so I bought the e-book.Ben-Gurion was born David Green in Plonsk Poland in 1886 and became Israel’s first prime minister in 1948. Anita Shapira is professor emeritus at Tel Aviv University provides an intimate portrait of a man who is revered and reviled. Shapira had interviewed B-G when he was elderly.Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) emigrated from Poland to Pales [...]

    2. Ben GurionNot the most flowing biography and at times more like a history class lecture, yet Ben Gurion is a captivating and informative read. What I liked most is that it not only tells a narrative of BenGurion but weaves perspective from Russia and Poland, Israel and Britain, New York and the ArabMiddleEast. One starts in BenGurion's childhood and ends in his childhood and old age. The book is worth the time spent and is to me a Four star biography.

    3. A well-written and easy-on-the-eyes portrait of David Ben Gurion, Israel's first prime minister. Professor Shapira tries to get to the inner man in this fine introductory biography and, by and large, succeeds. Ben Gurion was not an easy person to understand or get along with; he had few close friends (one of whom was Berl Katzenelson, who passed away in 1944), and was not given to openly expressing anything but his ideological beliefs and intellectual interests, which were legion, it must be sai [...]

    4. David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973) was Israel's "primary founder." But none of his fellow pioneers could match his intellectual or visceral drive -- used very forcefully to help carve a Jewish State out of Mandatory Palestine. His energy coincided with the British Empire's twilight and the U.S.'s becoming the world's preeminent power. The latter two events factored just as heavily in Israel's birth as Ben-Gurion himself. Both Ben-Gurion the obdurate oracle and Ben-Gurion the man come alive in Shapira' [...]

    5. As the "father of modern Israel" I knew very little about Ben-Gurion. Other than being the State's first Prime Minister I really did not know much about him as a person, his beliefs or as a leader. After completing a book about Theodore Hertzl, the father of Zionism I thought this would be a great follow up. They were certainly two very different people. Hertzl, evolving as a pacifist during a period where Jews were accepted for the most part in European Society, foresaw the creation of Israel a [...]

    6. This was a most interesting read for me. Of course, I’ve seen Ben-Gurion’s name everywhere all my life really, but I’ve never read anything in detail about his.Born in Poland, he changed his name to Ben-Gurion to more strongly reflect his belief that Jews needed a homeland they could call theirs.I was surprised, ok and maybe a bit dismayed, to learn how closely Ben-Gurion allied himself with socialism and the far left for much of his life. In fact, the more I read this book, the more I ext [...]

    7. Having lived in Israel as a young child during Ben Gurion's time as prime minister, I found this book very insightful and clarified some of my impressions of that time. Ben Gurion was a leader at the time that Israel needed this type of leadership. What Ms. Shapira portrays in this book is an idealistic Zionist who pragmatically assesses the situation and acts accordingly. He possessed great courage when he seized the moment to declare Israel a state, even though he knew that his young country w [...]

    8. This is a book written by someone who evidently assumes the reader is very familiar with both Ben-Gurion and the history of the founding of the State of Israel. This reader is not sufficiently familiar so much of the book is difficult to follow. Plus the author does not fully explain how Ben-Gurion became Israel's founding father beyond his combative personality. There are surely better biographies of this important man.

    9. A bit more scholarly than the bio I read on Jabotinsky, and didn't get as far under Ben-Gurion's skin as the other, but still a good book and with one hell of a story to tell. I wouldn't recommend it unless the reader has some basic knowledge of Israeli and pre-Israeli history (zionism era), but not a lot is required, I think.

    10. Somewhat difficult read (possibly because it is a translation from Hebrew). Seems to give an unbiased perspective on a key leader of modern Israel, even though he certainly had his flaws.

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