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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPerennial (28 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061721514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061721519
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.6 x 22.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,873,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Surprising reading. . . . The biography vividly delineates the qualities a leader needs to excel today."--Publishers Weekly

"A multifaceted picture of an Israeli patriot, military leader, and family man."--Kirkus

A multifaceted picture of an Israeli patriot, military leader, and family man. --Kirkus"

Surprising reading.... The biography vividly delineates the qualities a leader needs to excel today. --Publishers Weekly"

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From the son and confidant of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon comes an unparalleled look at the life and work of one of the world's most powerful leaders.

From his youth as a soldier to his service in government, Ariel Sharon has personified Israel's unyielding drive for security. He revolutionized the Israel Defense Forces and established the antiterror commando Unit 101. His leadership during the Six-Day and Yom Kippur wars made him a national hero and propelled him into the political arena. As terror grew throughout the Middle East, Sharon's commitment to protect and bring peace to his people underscored his election as prime minister in 2001. But within months of his taking office, the 9/11 attacks shook the Western world thrusting the controversial statesman into the center of international affairs.

Throughout his life but especially as prime minister, Sharon kept a meticulous personal record of events and of the discussions he had with world leaders, including George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin, King Abdullah, Kofi Annan, Gerhard Schroeder, Jacques Chirac, Hosni Mubarak, Mahmoud Abbas, and others. But what the public knew of these interactions often differed dramatically from what went on in private.

Gilad Sharon, the prime minister's youngest son and close confidant, has combed through his father's vast archive conversations, personal notes, diaries, daybooks, military directives, correspondence, and thousands of other documents to offer a rare, intimate, and compelling look at one man's evolution into one of the world's most powerful and influential figures."

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this book is so interesting with so many photographs, which follows up after Ariel Sharon's autobiography which stopped on his wife Lily's death in 1999.. A wonderful dedication to his father - illuminating what a great man he was - and yes, I'm convinced if it hadn't been for his strokes, he most probably woiuld have found the answer to peace in Israel. Reading this book, increases my great admiration, but it does reflect the political "behind the scenes" drama's - sad that they couldn't appreciate having such an icon in history longh before he became Prime Minister! Very highly recommended - thanks to Gilad we saw the real man!.
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If you are really interested in the personal and political life of statesman Ariel Sharon, this is the book to read. His son Gilad Sharon presents a realistic biography of his father. A life of a founding father of the young Jewish nation. It becomes clear to the reader that without his military and political achievements, Israel would not be the Jewish safe haven it is today: this book is a tribute to a great Israeli.
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A consummate, deep , passionate portrayal of both the life of the larger than life Ariel Sharon, soldier and statesman , a valiant, courageous, patriotic, dedicated and kind hearted man. A man with a great sense of humour and a bottomless compassion for Jew and gentile alike, a man who had suffered great tragedy throughout his life with tremendous strength and forbearance . An officer and a gentleman A lover of animals who when family Great Dane sadly Ogi died after swallowing a child's pacifier replaced her him with another harlequin Great Dane, and told his two little sons, who had already been through the family suffering loss , that this was Ogi. Ogi had had his ears cut in the customary fashion of the time and the new Ogi had ears uncut . when little Gilad asked what happened to Ogi's ears his father Arik said 'the grew'.
A man who had Israel not had war forced on her from before her re-establishment would have loved to be a farmer and cattleman. This would have been his choice of career being a true son of the soil of the Land of Israel (unlike the 'Palestinians' who are in truth intruders on Israel's land )
It is also a history of the Land Israel beginning in the 1920s with the Arab pogroms against Jews beginning in 1920 from which the organized Arab terror in Israel and the Arab-Israel conflict of today should be dated. The conflict is therefore nearly century old.

Some see the murder of Rabbi Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref in 1851 as the first nationalistically motivated murder of Jews by Arabs - the birth of Palestinian terror.
Previous murders had been deemed as a result of religious or financial conflicts or whatever other motives Arabs have had to murder Jews since the beginning of Islam.
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