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The definitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel Golda Meir was a world figure unlike any other. Born in tsarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation. Moving to mandatory Palestine in 1921 with her husband, the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz…mehr

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The definitive biography of the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel Golda Meir was a world figure unlike any other. Born in tsarist Russia in 1898, she immigrated to America in 1906 and grew up in Milwaukee, where from her earliest years she displayed the political consciousness and organizational skills that would eventually catapult her into the inner circles of Israel's founding generation. Moving to mandatory Palestine in 1921 with her husband, the passionate socialist joined a kibbutz but soon left and was hired at a public works office by the man who would become the great love of her life. A series of public service jobs brought her to the attention of David Ben-Gurion, and her political career took off. Fund-raising in America in 1948, secretly meeting in Amman with King Abdullah right before Israel's declaration of independence, mobbed by thousands of Jews in a Moscow synagogue in 1948 as Israel's first representative to the USSR, serving as minister of labor and foreign minister in the 1950s and 1960s, Golda brought fiery oratory, plainspoken appeals, and shrewd deal-making to the cause to which she had dedicated her life-the welfare and security of the State of Israel and its inhabitants. As prime minister, Golda negotiated arms agreements with Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger and had dozens of clandestine meetings with Jordan's King Hussein in the unsuccessful pursuit of a land-for-peace agreement with Israel's neighbors. But her time in office ended in tragedy, when Israel was caught off guard by Egypt and Syria's surprise attack on Yom Kippur in 1973. Analyzing newly available documents from Israeli government archives, Francine Klagsbrun looks into whether Golda could have prevented that war and whether in its darkest days she contemplated using nuclear force. Resigning in the war's aftermath, she spent her final years keeping a hand in national affairs and bemusedly enjoying international acclaim. Klagsbrun's superbly researched and masterly recounted story of Israel's founding mother gives us a Golda for the ages.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Random House LCC US
  • Seitenzahl: 848
  • Erscheinungstermin: 10. Oktober 2017
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 241mm x 164mm x 50mm
  • Gewicht: 1219g
  • ISBN-13: 9780805242379
  • ISBN-10: 0805242376
  • Artikelnr.: 47484377
Autorenporträt
FRANCINE KLAGSBRUN is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Fourth Commandment: Remember the Sabbath Day and Married People: Staying Together in the Age of Divorce. Lioness received the 2017 National Jewish Book Award/Everett Family Foundation Book of the Year. Klagsbrun was also the editor of the best-selling Free to Be . . . You and Me and is a regular columnist for The Jewish Week, a contributing editor to Lilith, and on the editorial board of Hadassah magazine. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, and Ms. Magazine. She lives in New York City.
Inhaltsangabe
Cast of Characters xi
Introduction: "Call Me Golda" xv
PART ONE • STUBBORN ROOTS
1 The Carpenter's Daughter 3
2 An American Girl 27
3 "Dearest Gogo" 44
4 The Path to Palestine 62
PART TWO • ASCENT
5 "New Jews" 83
6 The Dark Years 106
7 A Star Is Born 118
8 Pioneer Woman 137
9 Black Clouds Rising 153
10 "And the Heart Breaking" 176
11 Life and Death 192
12 Ein Breira-No Alternative 220
13 "Nevertheless: A Woman" 245
14 1947: The Turning Point 269
15 "The Time Is Now" 294
PART THREE • MADAM MINISTER
16 Moscow 325
17 "Either Immigrants or Shoes" 351
18 The Politician 375
19 "Golda Meir" 396
20 Conflict and Charisma 421
21 "A Mutual Distancing" 443
22 Seat of Power 471
PART FOUR • PREMIER
23 The Chosen 497
24 A Different Kind of War 514
25 "What Has Happened to Us?" 535
26 Terror, Territories, and the Palestinian Question 558
27 Premier Meir and President Sadat 584
28 "I Will Never Again Be the Person I Was" 610
29 An "Irrevocable" Decision 639
30 "My Only Fear Is to Live Too Long" 662
Endings: "I've Always Been a Realist" 684
Acknowledgments 693
Notes 697
Bibliography 769
Index 785