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The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership
     

The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership

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by Yehuda Avner
 

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The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings readers into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin,

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The Prime Ministers is the first and only insider account of Israeli politics from the founding of the Jewish State to the near-present day. It reveals stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, top-secret military operations and high level peace negotiations. The Prime Ministers brings readers into the orbits of world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Written in a captivating literary style by a political adviser, speechwriter and diplomat, The Prime Ministers is an enthralling political memoir, and a precisely crafted prism through which to view current Middle East affairs. The Prime Ministers is the basis of a major documentary produced by Moriah Films, the Academy Award-winning film division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Editorial Reviews

Bret Stephens
... a gripping, intimate, intricately detailed and fast-paced account of Israeli politics at the highest levels...a front-row seat to the drama of Israeli statecraft in moments of crisis and triumph, tragedy and joy. I couldn't put it down.
The Wall Street Journal
David Horovitz
...one of the most remarkable accounts we are ever likely to get of how Israel has been governed over the decades...All of it is here...the intellectual arguments made and those that were not marshaled; the decisions taken and those that were ducked...the ultimate insider's account.
The Jerusalem Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592642786
Publisher:
Toby Press LLC, The
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Pages:
715
Sales rank:
183,712
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

What People are Saying About This

Dore Gold
It is extremely rare that a skilled diplomat is placed at the pinnacle of power across several Israeli governments and can truly deliver an insider's perspective with such skill and clarity... a must-read for anyone seeking to understand Israel. (Dore Gold, Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN)
Hillary Rodham Clinton
...a sweeping tome of Israeli politics and history. (Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State)
Bret Stephens
...a front-row seat to the drama of Israeli statecraft in moments of crisis and triumph, tragedy and joy. I couldn't put it down.
The Wall Street Journal
Benjamin Netanyahu
...a fascinating account of someone who was an eye witness to many historic moments in the history of the Jewish state...provide[s] insight into the actions of our nation's leaders and offers important lessons for the future. (Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel)
Samuel Lewis
...the rare kind of history which comes alive for any reader, and will stay with them long after they finish the book. (Samuel Lewis, Former US Ambassador to Israel)
David Horovitz
...one of the most remarkable accounts we are ever likely to get of how Israel has been governed over the decades... the ultimate insider's account.
The Jerusalem Post

Meet the Author

Yehuda Avner served as adviser and English speechwriter to Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol. He is a former Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Ireland and Australia, and served in diplomatic positions at the Israeli Consulate in New York and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. Ambassador Avner was born in Manchester, England. He has lived in Israel since 1947. More at www.yehudaavner.com.

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Prime Ministers 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
RaphaelFreeman More than 1 year ago
The Prime Ministers introduces readers to nearly every political figure in the history of Israel: Begin, Rabin, Sharon, Peres and others, through personal recollection and astute characterization. We see these remarkable leaders in tense moments of decision-making and diplomacy, in political debate, in conversation with advisors, friends and wives. All of it is here, and it is an unforgettable, dramatic journey. One cannot understand the story of Israel's establishment and ongoing struggle for survival without reading this book.
AdinaH More than 1 year ago
The Prime Ministers stands in a genre of its own. It's not a history, although it sends you back to the earliest years of Israeli statehood and walks you down a battle-strewn but hope-filled memory lane. It's not an autobiography, although the author's personal encounters with the greatest of Israeli and Jewish leaders lend a note of authenticity and personality. It's not a prophecy, although the stories of the Israeli founders chillingly resonate in today's reality. Instead, it's an intertwinement of all these genres, a book that is at once a textbook to read aloud to children, a thriller that grips your attention throughout, a current account of today's events reflected through the prism of history, and as readable as any summer beach read (albeit quite a bit heavier). Somehow, Mr. Avner succeeded in telling a story about people, while also telling a story about a people. The result is this riveting, inspirational, thought-provoking book.
karatepen More than 1 year ago
This is an extraordinary book!Exquisitely well written,deeply insightful,filled wit information and humor.I got to experience a history without precedent,learned crucial information on how this miraculous country was formed and was entertained throughout.I could't wait to have time to get to the book.Definitively go for it!
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Chicago_Lawyer More than 1 year ago
Fascinating anecdotes about the first two decades of the history of Israel written by an immigrant from England who became secretary of the Israeli cabinet.  I found it hard to put this book down and emerged with a greatly enhanced understanding of the leaders of Israel's early year.  Hiighly recommended.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!! I am in awe of this book! A true must read! I met Mr. Avner LIVE and he is phenomenal! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a fantastic book! Great insider perspective on four of the most influential Prime Ministers of Israel, and both a realistic and inspiring description of Israeli history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely slanted and shaded but still a brilliant book.
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Avner has a gift for writing and provides an interesting and informative historical account.
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jonathanmeola More than 1 year ago
Excellent book; the author manages to combine his ability to tell a personal and moving story, while catching and documenting virtually every nuance and detail of the interactions between some of the most influential political leaders of the 20th century, in Israel, the USA, UK, and elsewhere. In many ways, Amb. Avner's observations bring to mind the fictional character of Forrest Gump, but unlike that imaginary figure, the Ambassador was a real flesh-and-blood witness to some of the past century's pivotal events.
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AnnaLermantov More than 1 year ago
This magnificently well-written book, by an author who can write, is spellbinding, gripping, fascinating, well-documented and researched, authentic. It is a book that one is unable to put down. Filled with anecdotal stories, one gains a deep and profound appreciation of what goes on behind the seats of power - told through a Forest Gump type character who was on the daily scene of the Prime Minister's Desk. Avner worked for each of the Prime Ministers of Israel. One gains an understanding of the politics, the personalities, the negotiations, the dynamics, the power plays that unfold between Israel and the Leaders upon the World stage. It is an unforgetable experience reading this book. I felt sad when it was over. I have given it as gifts to many people and each have had the same reaction. This is truly a must read and one of our great books.
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