Golda Meir was the first female head of state in the Western world and one of the most influential women in modern history. A blend of Emma Goldman and Martin Luther King Jr. in the guise of a cookie-serving grandmother, her uncompromising devotion to shaping and defending a Jewish homeland against dogged enemies and skittish allies stunned political contemporaries and transformed Middle Eastern politics for decades to follow. She outmaneuvered Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger at their own game of Realpolitik, and led Israel through a bloody war even as she eloquently pleaded for peace, carrying her nation through its most perilous hours while she herself battled cancer.
In this masterful biography, critically acclaimed author Elinor Burkett paints a vivid portrait of a legendary woman defined by contradictions: an iron resolve coupled with magnetic charm, a kindly demeanor that disguised a stunning hard-heartedness, and a complete dedication to her country that often overwhelmed her personal relationships.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LiteraryLinda - LibraryThing
Golda Meir was the first female head of state in the Western world. She was also one of the most influential women in modern history. This biography of her tells us of her demeanor, how she was ... Read full review
GOLDAUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Spirited biography of the Zionist activist and pioneering Israeli leader.To readers of a certain age, Golda—"the sassy nicotine-stained grandmother who wore baggy suits and orthopedic shoes, spoke ... Read full review