Israeli bestselling author and former Emory University professor Michael Bar-Zohar begins this well-researched biography with the young Shimon Peres, who, operating in secrecy, was the builder of Israel’s military might. As Director General of the Defense Ministry, he built Israel’s aircraft industry; and was the architect of the 1956 Sinai Campaign during the Suez Crisis. During this time, Peres and David Ben-Gurion secretly began development of Israeli’s nuclear program. Twice-elected prime minister of Israel, he also co-won a Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the Oslo Accords with Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. He was elected president of Israel in 2007 and died in 2016 at the age of 93. Bar-Zohar, also David Ben Gurion’s official biographer, writes with first-hand knowledge about the man who became an Israeli legend.
About the Author:
Michael Bar-Zohar is a writer, public speaker, and former lawmaker. Author of many novels and nonfiction books, he was a member of the Knesset and envoy to the Council of Europe. A former adviser to General Moshe Dayan, Dr. Bar-Zohar has also served as a professor at Haifa University in Israel and at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is one of Israel's foremost experts on espionage and the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres. He also wrote the biography of Isser Harel, the legendary Director of the Mossad, and co-authored The Quest for the Red Prince, which dealt with the bloody war between the Mossad and Black September. Bar-Zohar's books have been translated into eighteen languages.
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