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"The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership" by Yehuda Avner - Wednesday, April 25th
Re: The Prime Ministers by Yehuda Avner
A number of people have expressed concern about the length of this book. Although it is 715 pages, including the introduction and “afterword,” I found it to be a quick read.
For those who may not want to read it “cover to cover,” the detailed table of contents should guide you to those sections of greatest interest to you.
The book is first, the story of a British teenager from Manchester, who arrives in Eretz Yisrael in 1947 for a B’nai Akiva training program “gap year,” and finds himself in the midst of the War of Independence and its aftermath. B’nai Akiva eventually caught up with him and recalled him to the U.K. to do the job for which he had been “trained,” but not before he was part of the original garin that founded Kibbutz Lavi.
Shortly after returning on Aliya, Avner joined the Israeli Foreign Service, which “loaned” him to the Prime Minister’s office as an English speech writer. While the book focuses on his service to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin and Menachem Begin, and the noteworthy events that occurred during their administrations, it also covers his own diplomatic career, which included service as Israel’s ambassador to the U. K.
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