This thoughtful and comprehensive examination of Shimon Peres’s role in Israeli politics focuses on Peres’s achievements abroad, specifically his contributions to Israel’s security and to the ever-challenging peace process between Israel and her neighbors. Much of the book concerns Peres’s leading role in building Israel’s relationship with France. In addition, the author expertly connects the boy to the man he would become, describing how Peres’s experiences as an adolescent, before Israel’s founding, transformed the young socialist into a well-known politician.
With his capable writing, Bar-Zohar crafts a dynamic history drawn from hundreds of interviews with Peres, his family, and his associates in Israel and abroad. His extensive research is apparent in every chapter, as the many details enhance an already compelling story. Index, notes and references, photography.