Golda

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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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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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

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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

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter Two
23
Chapter Three
45
Chapter Four
61
Chapter Five
75
Chapter Seven
105
Chapter Eight
125
Chapter Nine
147
Chapter Thirteen
229
Chapter Fourteen
257
Chapter Fifteen
283
Chapter Sixteen
309
Chapter Seventeen
337
Conclusion
371
Acknowledgments
387
Bibliography
429

Chapter Ten
163
Chapter Eleven
181
Chapter Twelve
207
Index
459
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About the author (2009)

Elinor Burkett has worked as a newspaper reporter, university professor, and magazine writer. A Pulitzer Prize—nominated journalist and the author of eight previous books, she divides her time between the Catskill Mountains of New York and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

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