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Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon [Kindle Edition]

David Landau

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“A thorough, extremely candid description and assessment of the military and political lives of the controversial Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state since a massive stroke in 2006. The author...displays a deep familiarity with the details and contexts of Sharon’s career....[and] is also adept in the descriptions of the labyrinthine political world of Israel during Sharon’s era. Splendid reporting, comprehensive research and probing analysis inform this unblinking view of a complicated man and a sanguinary geography.” —Kirkus (starred review)

“[Landau’s] thorough, balanced, and scrupulously fair biography makes clear why Sharon was capable of winning respect and admiration, even from his staunch political opponents….This is an outstanding, warts-and-all portrait of an arguably great, if not a particularly likable, Israeli leader.” —Jay Freeman, Booklist (starred review)

“Sharon lived a life saturated with controversy. Mr. Landau's biography paints a comprehensive picture of Ariel Sharon, a man easy to hate, but harder to understand. Mr. Landau does what good biographers should do, explain the life of his subject, but questioning his subject's motivations every step of the way.” —Karl Wolff, New York Journal of Books
“‘Arik’ is a big biography worthy of its subject, an outsized figure in the history of Israel. Sharon led a long, controversial public life that began before Israel became a state and didn't end until he suffered a stroke in 2006. He had an extensive military career before going into politics and becoming defense minister and later prime minister. Every step was marked by controversy, and Landau's book covers all of it and then some.” —Jeff Baker, Portland Oregonian
“As U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said in his moving eulogy, Ariel Sharon’s life mirrored the trajectory of Israel’s. David Landau’s colorful, insightful, and deftly written biography does justice to the historic sweep….Landau brings considerable analytic gifts to bear in explaining the contradictions and vicissitudes of the complex man who evolved from brilliantly unorthodox but unruly solider, radiating controversy, recalcitrance and naked aggression, to become Israel’s sober and grandfatherly 11th prime minister, and who, in so doing, morphed from the bête noire of Landau’s own center-left milieu to the standard bearer they believed would have the strength to bear peace….In Landau’s view, the two-state battle is not yet over, and Sharon could yet emerge the winner.” —Leslie Susser, The Jerusalem Report

“Compiling the life of a man who was a commander, officer, and major general in the Israeli Army in addition to a statesman, party leader, and prime minister in the Israeli government is an intimidating undertaking, particularly when that man, now at age 85, is struggling to stay alive while in the comatose state he’s been in since 2006. However, journalist Landau, who previously collaborated with Israeli president Shimon Peres on his memoir, succeeds dutifully in bringing this multifaceted life to the page. With great research and noticeable interest, Landau depicts Ariel Sharon as a man who is more complex than any one of his multitude of titles and the subsequent criticism he endured as a public servant.” —Publishers Weekly

“Compelling....Others have written about Sharon, including journalist Uri Dan, a confidante of Sharon ("Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait," 2006); his son Gilad ("Sharon: The Life of a Leader," 2011); and Sharon himself penned a memoir ("Warrior," 1989). But Landau's is the most objective and nuanced book assessing the life." —Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week

“Having interviewed a wide range of people who knew Sharon and offer their opinions of his actions, military and political, Landau presents a veritable Who’s Who of Israel over the last several decades. He succeeds in giving the reader a truly human portrait of one of Israel’s greatest and most controversial leaders….Very much of interest to anyone concerned with the past, present, and future of modern Israel.” —Joel Neuberg, Library Journal

From the Hardcover edition.


From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most important 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, and played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the six day War of 1967, and most dramatically is largely credited with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. After returning from the army in 1982, Sharon became a political leader and served in numerous governments, most prominently as the defense minister during the 1983 Lebanon War in which he bore "personal responsibility" according to the Kahan Commission for massacres of Palestinian civilians by Lebanese militia, and he championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the 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 and analyzes his surprising about-face. Sharon suffered a stroke in January 2006 and remains in a persistent vegetative state. Considered by many to be Israel's greatest military leader and political statesman, this biography recounts his life and shows how this leadership transformed Israel, and how Sharon's views were shaped by the changing nature of Israeli society. 


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 7507 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 656 Seiten
  • Verlag: Knopf (10. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00E735H68
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A quick summary of the political history of Israel through the life of one man 5. August 2014
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Other reviews have tarred the author as a leftist. I don't really detect that here. The author is certainly center-left, but he does not take some of the more extreme left wing positions which are regularly aired on The Nation magazine.

In fact, I detect that for the most part the author rather likes Arik Sharon. He takes us through the life of Arik from before the founding of Israel to its early days following independence. He follows him through the wars which anchored Israel's existence. The early parts I found genuinely thrilling to read, as Arik the war hero cuts through the Arab armies with brilliant abandon. The enthusiasm is tempered with genuine criticism of some human flaws. He seems to have built up a little ego at times. But the author generally stays within conventional wisdom about the wars. He does not dismiss the major wars as land theft (1948), Israeli aggression (1967) or overblown fear-mongering (1973) which again, I see regularly in The Nation magazine and general leftist discourse on the Israel issue.

So while the first half of the book is thrilling, the second half bogs down considerably as Arik enters political life and has to fight with various politicians here and there, jostling for cabinet appointments, party primaries, that kind of stuff. It isn't much fun, but it does provide a good overview of what actually happened in Israel for the past 15 years or so. So you get a very intricate view of the Camp David negotiations and the details leading up to the infamous ascent to the Temple Mount. In fact, it was then that I first even heard about Ariel Sharon. The author again emphasizes Israeli losses during this and the second intifada. We move on to Sharon becoming Prime Minister and his tenure, the withdrawal from Gaza, and his eventual stroke and coma. In this part I suspect that we see the author's true motivation for writing this book, as he seems to genuinely admire Sharon for pulling Israeli settlers out of Gaza, though as he pulls them out Hamas does take over and starts firing rockets at Israeli cities...which is still on-going today in 2014.

So in short, I found this book to be enjoyable to read. It is a little dense and packed with details. Each chapter has like 4-5 pages of footnotes to go along with it. The only thing I wish that there were more of was some explanation of the factions and forces going on here. There isn't much explanation on the settler movement, for instance. The author just assumes that the reader (I suppose his intended audience are people already intimately familiar with the Israel issue) knows about them already.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Really Good History and Current Events Book 8. März 2014
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I had not read a book on the middle east in over ten years. I found this book to be a remarkable thought provoking read and history.

Sharon,from the 1948 war to his untimely death was a participant or policy maker in Israeli history during this time period so book is more than a biography. Sharon is an amazingly complex man and I kept asking myself would I like him? A brilliant ambitious General, a bombastic politician and the man who gave Israel maybe it's best chance for peace while renouncing his previous constituency...amazing..

Another fascinating aspect of this book was reading and thinking about the what ifs. What if Arafat was committed to the peace process? What if Sharon had lived longer ? What if both the Israelis and Palestinians had been more committed to peace process earlier?

A recommended read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Important Book 18. Februar 2014
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Ariel Sharon's biography is the history of Israel. He was a mover and shaker in every important historical event from 1948 until his untimely stroke. Would there be peace treaty had his career not been cut short?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen great book 9. Februar 2014
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So interesting ! I could not stop reading it
It gives a complete picture of Ariel Sharon
I recommend it
4.0 von 5 Sternen Absorbing history of a vibrant man 21. April 2014
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Not only a review of one life, but a review of much of the history of modern Israel. The change from the bull dozer to the man of peace was most interesting.
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