Yasir Arafat

Yasir Arafat

by Rebecca Stefoff, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.

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Gr 6-9 Stefoff has done a commendable job of presenting an even-handed portrait of one of the Middle East's most controversial figures and his people. A concise history of Palestine through the early 1920s precedes a lucid and candid account of Arafat's life and political career. His personal sacrifices, wealth, family, and his evolution from terrorist to diplomat, including his willingness to accept co-existence with Israel, are noted. Information is conveyed about the heterogenous organizations that comprise the PLO, and the role of regional forces (including Israel, Syria, and Jordan) and extra-regional forces (the U.S., Soviet Union, and Great Britain) in Palestinian affairs. This is a more sympathetic examination of the Palestinian question than is usual in the west. Given the rapid pace of newsworthy events concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict, however (particularly the recent resurgence of Palestinian resistance), this is already dated. Like other books in the series, it has generally clear black-and-white photographs scattered throughout. Documentation is notably absent. A solid complement to Harry B. Ellis' excellent Israel: One Land, Two People (Crowell, 1972; o.p.). Julie Corsaro, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

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World Leaders past and Present Series
Product dimensions:
7.55(w) x 9.58(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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