Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman

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From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, an insider's perspective on the life and influence of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's first native-born prime minister

"Even the warm esteem in which he holds Rabin does not prevent Mr. Rabinovich--a scholar with an abiding commitment to historical accuracy--from presenting a portrait of his friend in full."--Elliott Abrams, Wall Street Journal

"Ties the arc of Rabin's life to the course of Israel's history from the pre-State period to the 1990s."--Dennis Ross, Jewish Review of Books

Winner of the 2017 Washington Institute Book Prize Gold Medal

More than two decades have passed since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination in 1995, yet he remains an unusually intriguing and admired modern leader. A native-born Israeli, Rabin became an inextricable part of his nation's pre-state history and subsequent evolution. This revealing account of his life, character, and contributions draws not only on original research but also on the author's recollections as one of Rabin's closest aides.

An awkward politician who became a statesman, a soldier who became a peacemaker, Rabin is best remembered for his valiant efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and for the Oslo Accords. Itamar Rabinovich provides extraordinary new insights into Rabin's relationships with powerful leaders including Bill Clinton, Jordan's King Hussein, and Henry Kissinger, his desire for an Israeli-Syrian peace plan, and the political developments that shaped his tenure. The author also assesses the repercussions of Rabin's murder: Netanyahu's ensuing election and the rise of Israel's radical right wing.

About Jewish Lives:

Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences. Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present.

In 2014, the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award.

More praise for Jewish Lives:

"Excellent." -New York Times

"Exemplary." -Wall Street Journal

"Distinguished." -New Yorker

"Superb." -The Guardian

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9780300212297
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Hardcover
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March 5, 2017