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Golda Meir: The Iron Lady of the Middle East: The First Woman Prime Minister in the West [Hardcover]

Elinor Burkett
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22 Aug 2008
Golda Meir was known as the Iron Lady well before Margaret Thatcher. Voted most admired woman in Britain and elsewhere, her leadership of Israel became a blue-print for the modern world. It defined the response to modern terrorism with the Munich massacre of eleven Israeli athletes taken hostage at the 1972 Olympics. It recast politics in the Middle East during the tense moments of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, prompting OPEC to start the oil crisis and global recession. Elinor Burkett has written the first authoritative life of Meir s exceptional and turbulent life. Many members of Meir s inner circle have gone on record for this biography about her influence and inspiring personality. Gaining privileged access to Israeli cabinet papers allowed Burkett to uncover many unknown aspects of Golda Meir s continuing mark on the Middle East. Golda Meir saw integrity as the currency of Israel s survival and political careerism as its blight. In 1973, Israel came close to surrender due to Moshe Dayan, her ambitious minister of defence. Meir kept the country together while battling cancer. Decades earlier, Golda Meir s tireless charm offensive on the USA forged the unlikely Washington-Jerusalem relationship at the cost of her native, Communist Russia. Privately she had affairs, refused to recognise one of her grandchildren and became estranged from her long-suffering husband. Golda Meir describes vividly how a young working-class girl from pogrom-ridden Russian Moldova became the first female leader of both the West and a left-wing nation. Her life defied the shackles of age, illness, fate, class and gender, and became a rich tribute to the power of the human spirit and its sacrifices.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Gibson Square Books Ltd; First edition (22 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906142130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906142131
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Breaks significant new ground.' --Sunday Times Magazine 'Readable and fair minded.' Guardian --1

'Fascinating' Gerald Kaufman -- Mail on Sunday 'Fascinating' James Marr -- Sunday Times 'Fascinating' Lord Owen --1

About the Author

Elinor Burkett is a historian and journalist who has written several books on the Middle East. Her own experience led her to investigate and uncover the severity of Golda Meir s cancer treatment while Israel s prime minister. She divides her time between New York and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where she trains reporters. She is the author of eight previous books and a Pulitzer Prize nominee.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Golda Meir 11 Nov 2013
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This book is so very interesting, recalling history of the state of Israel, her great contribution to the State, but also this book has so much detail and an insight into this woman's great part in history. I have also been able to find the film in video whilst in USA some years ago. I'm dying to finish reading this book, then compare the film with Ingrid Bergman.
Anyone who loves history as I do, MUST have this book because it also gives you an example of how many sacrifices she made - I have always had a great admiration for Golda, this book increases it only more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 30 Jun 2010
no she would not have won a beauty contest .. although picture of her in yer youth shows hwer different .. but she had a first class brain and and iron hand.
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