Battling for Peace

Battling for Peace

A Memoir

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
The former Israeli Prime Minister describes his long struggle to bring peace to the Middle East

Blackwell North Amer
One of the great statesmen of our century, Shimon Peres, winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, has shaped the history of Israel and the future of the Middle East. In the seventies, as Israel's minister of defense, he engineered the legendary Entebbe raid against PLO terrorists; in the eighties, as prime minister, he saved the Israeli economy from near collapse; and as foreign minister, Shimon Peres is now a key negotiator in the peace accords that he helped bring about. In Battling for Peace, he tells, for the first time, the story of his amazing career.
As we follow Peres from his ancestral home in Poland to Israel, from the youth village of Ben-Shemen to Kibbutz Alumot, from youth movement leader to prime minister, we are introduced both to a man and to a nation. A thoughtful, disciplined, and immensely resourceful young man, Peres was singled out by Israel's great leader David Ben-Gurion, who appointed him, while still in his twenties, director general of the Ministry of Defense. From this point on, Peres's life was inseparable from his country's history.
Peres writes of his bitter quarrels with Golda Meir and Yitzhak Rabin, and of his great admiration for Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, and Francois Mitterrand. He discusses the origins of Israel's nuclear program, and tells how he led the way toward the Oslo agreement, describing his secret talks with King Hussein in London ten years ago, and revealing how a chance for peace was thwarted by self-serving politicians and timid American diplomacy.

& Taylor

The former Israeli Prime Minister and winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize describes his long struggle to bring peace in the Middle East, sharing observations on the personalities involved and the difficult steps to lasting peace in the troubled region. 35,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 1995
ISBN: 9780679436171
Characteristics: x, 350 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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