Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

by Natan Sharansky, Gil Troy

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A classic account of courage, integrity, and most of all, belonging
In 1977, Natan Sharansky, a leading activist in the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested by the KGB. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. Every day, Sharansky fought for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny, a struggle that would come to define the rest of his life.
Never Alone reveals how Sharansky's years in prison, many spent in harsh solitary confinement, prepared him for a very public life after his release. As an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency, Sharansky brought extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising, often uncomfortable, honesty. His story is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and from his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people.
Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong.


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ISBN-13: 9781541742437
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 477,402
File size: 33 MB
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About the Author

Natan Sharansky lives in Jerusalem with Avital He has two daughters and six grandchildren. Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University in Montreal and has a residence in Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Living Life Backward 1

Part I Nine Years in Prison

1 Life Without Freedom, Life Without Identity 9

2 Discovering Identity, Discovering Freedom 33

3 Becoming a Refusenik 49

4 Joining the Dialogue 67

5 Living Free in Prison 93

6 My Dialogue with the Jewish Community: Imagined Reality? 107

Part II Nine Years in Israeli Politics

7 Becoming Israeli 137

8 Imprisoned by Politics: More Power, Less Freedom 153

9 Encountering One People Divided by One Religion 173

10 A Minority of One on Democracy and Peace in the Middle East 191

11 Devastated by the Rabin Assassination 215

12 A Dissident in Politics 239

13 Watching the Dialogue Deteriorate on Campus 257

14 Seeing the New Anti-Semitism Through 3D Glasses 287

Part III Nine Years in the Jewish Agency

15 Why the Jewish Agency? 309

16 Reliving My Exodus with Ethiopian Jewry 317

17 Reforming the Jewish Agency: Because We Need One Another 335

18 Bridge Building Hits the Wall: The Kotel Fiasco 357

19 Iran and Our Feeling of Mutual Betrayal 385

20 Does Anti-Semitism Unite or Divide Us? 401

21 Imagine a Dialogue of One, a Dialogue of Us 425

Epilogue: The Israel-Diaspora Chessboard 439

Authors' Note 445

Acknowledgments 447

Index 451

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