on 21 March 2009
Hirsh Goodman's `Let Me Create A Paradise' has two main themes, one, South Africa, the other, Israel.
The South African part is an autobiography which relates to the political climate and the Israeli, a rich recollection of politics, war and comment, connected by his experiences.
While Hirsh Goodman is clearly on scene at all times, I do not feel that he intrudes, rather, that he co-experiences for me.
As a journalist, he had many interesting interactions, including with house-hold names whose decisions framed what was later to become history. The author holds no punches regarding personalities, political opinions and strategies.
The two countries which have been his primary homes have often been compared, especially in regard to the concept of apartheid. Hirsh Goodman is clear that he views Israel as a democratic society, albeit with problems, but certainly not an apartheid clone.
This book is not a simple recollection of recent history, rather a very personal, colorful painting of the times which it covers.
I certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in South African Jewry or in Israeli history from the mid 1960's until just before Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.