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Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

Arik The Life of Ariel Sharon From the former editor in chief of Haaretz the first in depth comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years Th

  • Title: Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon
  • Author: David Landau
  • ISBN: 9781400042418
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel s history A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence,From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel s history A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six Day War of 1967, and is credited here with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973 After leaving the professional army, Sharon became a political leader and served in numerous governments, most prominently as the defense minister during the 1982 Lebanon War in which he bore personal responsibility, according to the state s commission of inquiry, for massacres of Palestinian civilians by Lebanese militia As a general and as a politician, he championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza But as prime minister, he performed a dramatic reversal orchestrating Israel s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip Landau brilliantly chronicles Sharon s surprising about face, combining the immediacy of firsthand reportage with the analysis and independent insight of a historian s perspective Sharon suffered a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a persistent vegetative state This biography recounts the life of the man who is considered by many to be Israel s greatest military leader and political statesman, illustrating how Sharon s leadership transformed Israel, and how his views were shaped by the changing nature of Israeli society.

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    1 thought on “Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

    1. Great thorough research, fascinating material, but strangely empty in the accounts of his early life and the wars in which he served in as a soldier. Filled to the brim with every political machination and strategy or possible political interpretation once Sharon's political career begins. There is not enough information on him as a person. Maybe Landau assumes that the reader has already read "Warrior" Sharon's autobiography.

    2. Whether you love or hate Ariel Sharon (and there seem to be few in the middle), you can't help being struck by his resilience and his ability to place himself in the middle of so many pivotal moments in the history of Israel and the Middle East more broadly. I thought Landau did a nice job of writing about Sharon's life in a balanced way.Some of the more interesting points:- Sharon threatened to resign if Begin did not order the strike on Iraq's nuclear facility in 1981.- Sharon advocated for Jo [...]

    3. I always had a very negative view of Arik Sharon, whose politics was very far from my own. This fascinating biography by someone who also deeply opposes Arik’s right wing ideology, provides a far more nuanced and rich view of the man and his legacy.Very well written and engrossing portrayal of an engrossing man. Two small caveats: Landau does a bit too much editorializing - he should leave at least some of the analysis to the reader, instead of hitting you over the head with his own political [...]

    4. This book was much more a history of modern Israel as seen through the events that Ariel Sharon helped shape, or even just participated in, and less a biography of Sharon himself. Besed primarily on interviews and newspaper accounts of events, there were no revelations nor was there much analysis of why - why did Sharon change his views over the years, why was he so driven, etc. Also, no conclusions were reached - the author left us hanging on "what if" Sharon hadn't had the stroke as well as ho [...]

    5. An interesting book because it is not simply a biography of Ariel Sharon but it really is a history of the modern state of Israel as well. Reading this book, you find out not only Sharon's history but information about important battles, political intrigue, the creation of political parties and more. A great read for anyone interested in the politics and history of Israel.

    6. The author is a correspondent for The Economist and therefore an excellent writer. The war-and-battle period was more interesting for me than the political part, but the whole thing is a great read if you enjoy larger-than-life biography or Israeli history.

    7. Ariel Sharon was a fascinating man and leader. The author does an excellent job of showing us both Sharon the soldier and patriot and Sharon the narcissist who engaged in political manipulation and shady deals.

    8. This was a good biography, pretty objective and well-written.It successfully conveyed all the aspects of his personality and how they drove his actions, as well as the deep transformations he underwent, especially in his last years.

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