Living History

Living History

A Memoir

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
Freedom fighter, army general, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations during the turbulent '70s, president of Israel from 1983 to 1993--Chaim Herzog's life has paralleled the life of Israel itself. Now he gives readers a candid and acutely observant account of that life in all its historic and personal richness. Uniquely qualified to put a human face on history, Herzog provides insights into the people with whom he has played a part in the creation of that history. b&w photos.

Baker & Taylor
The former president of Israel recalls his Dublin childhood, his school years in Palestine, his World War II service, his dedication to the formation of the State of Israel, and the important figures with whom he has dealt

Book News
Herzog begins his memoir by likening his life to a long voyage, one which began in a Jewish ghetto in Dublin and passed through many of the most significant moments in modern history. The former freedom fighter, army general, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, and president of Israel from 1983 to 1993 vividly recounts the liberation of the concentration camps, his zealous dedication to Israel and Zionism, and his dealings with Arafat, Rabin, Peres, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. More than simply writing an autobiography, Herzog illuminates the forces which drove a generation and continue to fuel the direction of Middle East politics. Includes photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Born during the Irish revolution to Ireland's chief rabbi, Chaim Herzog spent his formative years in Dublin's Irish-Jewish ghetto before being sent to school in Palestine. An officer in the British army during World War II, he helped to liberate the German concentration camps and was one of the first Allied witnesses to the atrocities of the Holocaust.
Herzog returned to Palestine as a Zionist dedicated to the formation of the State of Israel. Through his eyes we see that process: from his days in the underground movement to his rise to the rank of general in the Israeli army and his involvement in creating Israel's superb intelligence agency. In the turbulent 1970s Herzog was appointed Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, never shrinking from the fight even when it seemed the entire world was against him and his country. And in 1983 he achieved his greatest success when he was elected president of Israel, a position he held for ten years.
As soldier, politician, journalist, leader, or observer, Herzog has been present at almost all the great and tragic events in Israeli history. He has fought in too many of its wars and can explain all too clearly what it's like to live in constant expectation of terrorist attacks. He can place the relationship between Israel and the PLO into historical context and tell us what it was like to deal personally with Yasir Arafat. He describes lunch with the queen of England, negotiating with Ronald Reagan, and his final conversation with Yitzhak Rabin, shortly before the prime minister's assassination.

Baker
& Taylor

The former president of Israel recalls his Dublin childhood, his school years in Palestine, his World War II service, his dedication to the formation of the State of Israel, and the people--Rabin, Arafat, Meir, Reagan, Carter, Peres, and Clinton--with whom he has dealt. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1996
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679434788
067943478X
Characteristics: xiii, 448 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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