There are few more controversial actors in modern Israeli history than the current Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon. In this succinctly written, well-researched biography by a skillful non-fiction writer, Sharon’s personality, motivations, successes and failures are probed. From his lonely childhood on a kibbutz near Tel Aviv to his surprising decision to dismantle settlements that he had been instrumental in building, Sharon’s personal life plus his military and political careers are discussed factually and non-judgmentally, allowing readers to form their own conclusions based on the material presented. Well-captioned black-and-white photographs, maps, and fact boxes augment the information; a time line, list of sources, readings and websites, and an index complete this well-organized book. Add this to that short list of impartial and factual non-fiction works about Israel. Recommended for ages 11 – 15.
Linda R. Silver is a specialist in Jewish children’s literature. She is editor of the Association of Jewish Libraries’ Jewish Valuesfinder, www.ajljewishvalues.org, and author of Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens: A JPS Guide (The Jewish Publication Society, 2010) and The Jewish Values Finder: A Guide to Values in Jewish Children’s Literature (Neal-Schuman, 2008).