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At the age of 28, Ehud Olmert became the youngest member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament. He climbed Israel's political ladder slowly and steadily, adjusting his views and positions as the times and public opinion changed, until he achieved the ultimate prize-prime minister of Israel. But less than four months after reaching that peak, Olmert, an aspiring peacemaker, found himself leading Israel in a war against Lebanon. When the hostilities ended without an Israeli victory, Olmert's popularity plummeted, and he found himself fighting for his political life. This new biography tells how Olmert made his way to the top in the cutthroat world of Israeli politics and describes his struggle to hold on to the position that had been his life's dream.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791097618
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Series: Modern World Leaders Series
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Leadership Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 6
1 "Severe Failure" 12
2 Zionism 19
3 Roots 29
4 Growing Pains 38
5 War and Education 46
6 Climbing the Ranks 59
7 Mayor and Vice Prime Minister 69
8 Tested 87
9 Lebanon 98
10 The End of His Political Career? 107 Chronology 115 Bibliography 119 Further Reading 124 Index 127

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