From the former editor in chief of Haaretz cines 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 remained in a persistent vegetative state until his death in January 2014. 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. Download and start listening now!