A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, and a politician whose tenure bridged numerous governments, as both a general and a politician Ariel Sharon championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. But in his later years, as prime minister, he took a dramatic turn, and became the driving force behind Israel’s unilateral disengagement. In this first truly comprehensive biography, David Landau, the former editor-in-chief of Haaretz, paints a vivid picture of the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years—and takes a penetrating look at how Sharon transformed his country like no one else.
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About the Author
David Landau, OBE, immigrated to Israel from the United Kingdom as a young man. His career in journalism began in 1970 at The Jerusalem Post, and he joined Haaretz in 1993 as news editor. He founded Haaretz’s English edition and was its editor from 1997 to 2004, and was editor in chief of Haaretz’s Hebrew edition until 2008. He is the longtime Israel correspondent for The Economist. Landau collaborated with Israel’s president Shimon Peres on Peres’s memoir, Battling for Peace, and he published, with President Peres, Ben-Gurion: A Political Life. He is also the author of Piety and Power, an account of the increasingly significant role the ultra-orthodox (haredi) play in Israel, the United States, and Europe. Landau graduated with a degree in law from University College London and studied in leading yeshivas in Israel. He is married with children and grandchildren and lives in Jerusalem.
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Table of Contents
Preface Land of Hope ix
Chapter 1 Poor Little Fat Boy 3
Chapter 2 Probationer 48
Chapter 3 Desert Storm 94
Chapter 4 Advise and Dissent 136
Chapter 5 His Will Be Done 153
Chapter 6 Through the Mire 182
Chapter 7 On the Farm 214
Chapter 8 Wars Old and New 225
Chapter 9 Jordan Is Palestine? 247
Chapter 10 Backwoodsman 275
Chapter 11 Last Man Standing 304
Chapter 12 Summit 320
Chapter 13 Power Failure 361
Chapter 14 King of Israel 411
Chapter 15 About-Face 441
Chapter 16 Island in the Sun 472
Chapter 17 "You Worry Too Much" 496
Chapter 18 To Sleep, Too Soon 531
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