David Ben-Gurion was an outstanding figure in modern history, one of the founders and political leaders of the state of Israel. Although this is not a complete biography, it covers a period that holds the substance of the man. The author, an Israeli journalist and historian, brings to bear an enormous amount of research in the archives of Israel and in his subject's memoirs and diaries, and tells the story in a manner as intense and dramatic as was Ben-Gurion's life. Offering far more than the lionizing popular versions of Ben-Gurion's life that have appeared, this supplements Barnett Litvinoff's standard Ben Gurion of Israel (Praeger, 1954), as well as more recent books. Teveth's work is now the starting point for the study of Ben-Gurion's life and impact. Sanford R. Silverburg, Political Science Dept., Catawba Coll., Salisbury, N.C.