Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

by David Landau


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A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, and a politician whose tenure bridged numerous governments, as both a general and a politician Ariel Sharon championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza. But in his later years, as prime minister, he took a dramatic turn, and became the driving force behind Israel’s unilateral disengagement. In this first truly comprehensive biography, David Landau, the former editor-in-chief of Haaretz, paints a vivid picture of the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years—and takes a penetrating look at how Sharon transformed his country like no one else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400076987
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Pages: 688
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David Landau, OBE, immigrated to Israel from the United Kingdom as a young man. His career in journalism began in 1970 at The Jerusalem Post, and he joined Haaretz in 1993 as news editor. He founded Haaretz’s English edition and was its editor from 1997 to 2004, and was editor in chief of Haaretz’s Hebrew edition until 2008. He is the longtime Israel correspondent for The Economist. Landau collaborated with Israel’s president Shimon Peres on Peres’s memoir, Battling for Peace, and he published, with President Peres, Ben-Gurion: A Political Life. He is also the author of Piety and Power, an account of the increasingly significant role the ultra-orthodox (haredi) play in Israel, the United States, and Europe. Landau graduated with a degree in law from University College London and studied in leading yeshivas in Israel. He is married with children and grandchildren and lives in Jerusalem.

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Preface · Land of Hope

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Table of Contents

Preface Land of Hope ix

Chapter 1 Poor Little Fat Boy 3

Chapter 2 Probationer 48

Chapter 3 Desert Storm 94

Chapter 4 Advise and Dissent 136

Chapter 5 His Will Be Done 153

Chapter 6 Through the Mire 182

Chapter 7 On the Farm 214

Chapter 8 Wars Old and New 225

Chapter 9 Jordan Is Palestine? 247

Chapter 10 Backwoodsman 275

Chapter 11 Last Man Standing 304

Chapter 12 Summit 320

Chapter 13 Power Failure 361

Chapter 14 King of Israel 411

Chapter 15 About-Face 441

Chapter 16 Island in the Sun 472

Chapter 17 "You Worry Too Much" 496

Chapter 18 To Sleep, Too Soon 531

Acknowledgments 545

Interviews 547

Appendix 551

Notes 571

Bibliography 593

Index 599

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