Arafat: In the Eyes of the Beholder

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From the historic 1993 handshake with Yitzhak Rabin to the current tension with Benjamin Netanyahu, Yasser Arafat has held the key to peace in the Middle East. Time & again pronounced politically dead, the Palestinian leader has surmounted opposition &, like the phoenix, risen again, & has now attained the status of world leader. This groundbreaking biography portrays the real PLO leader who has persevered against his enemies. Examines Arafat from the perspective of friends, foes, & family who ...
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Overview

From the historic 1993 handshake with Yitzhak Rabin to the current tension with Benjamin Netanyahu, Yasser Arafat has held the key to peace in the Middle East. Time & again pronounced politically dead, the Palestinian leader has surmounted opposition &, like the phoenix, risen again, & has now attained the status of world leader. This groundbreaking biography portrays the real PLO leader who has persevered against his enemies. Examines Arafat from the perspective of friends, foes, & family who have dealt with him & known him best, &, most important, Arafat himself. B&W photos.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author interviewed members of Arafat's family, childhood friends and leaders who have dealt with him as ally and adversary. (Among the latter: Jordan's King Hussein, Yitzhak Shamir and Shimon Peres of Israel, Secretary of State James Baker.) They also talked at length with Arafat himself at his Tunis headquarters. The resulting important biography of the Palestinian leader includes a more complete description of the PLO government structure (a state-in-waiting now recognized by 130 countries) than can be found elsewhere. The Wallachs ( Still Small Voices ) offer new information about Arafat's childhood, his student years and his career as an engineer, as well as details of the pivotal 1968 PLO victory over the Israelis at the battle of Karameh. The book reveals how Arafat has remained head of the Palestinian liberation movement for 20 years despite intense rivalries and feuds with King Hussein and Syria's President Assad. The authors also analyze Arafat's recent surprise shift to a more moderate position. Though Israel considers him as implacable a foe as ever, the Wallachs are convinced that he ``wants a peaceful solution, a reconciliation of territory for peace.'' Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Not since Alan Hart's Arafat: Terrorist or Peacemaker ( LJ 11/15/85) has there been a more comprehensive biography of the man who is close to the heart of any permanent resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Wallachs, authors of the acclaimed Middle East study Still Small Voices ( LJ 3/15/89), have interviewed critical players such as King Hussein of Jordan, United States Secretary of State James Baker, Syria's President Hafez al-Assad, and Israeli Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir. The Wallachs reveal Arafat to be a man who leads by spartan example and holds Palestinian sovereignty inviolate. The last chapter, dealing with links between the CIA and the PLO, was withheld from public review until final publication; notwithstanding that, this is highly recommended for all size and types of libraries and collections.-- David P. Snider, Casa Grande P.L., Ariz.
Booknews
An updated edition of a 1990 work. The authors are journalists who attempt to present information about the Palestinian leader that reveals him as a man, dispelling myths and illuminating the sources of his power. They draw on their extensive contact with Arafat's friends, foes, and family to present details of his early and personal life and to chart his public activities. The foreword is by Shimon Peres. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559724036
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.93 (d)

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