Publisher: Bloomsbury (NY & London)
Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the longest serving Prime Ministers of Israel. A divisive and controversial head of state; for much of the world, Netanyahu is a right-wing nationalist zealot; for many Israelis he is a centrist who is too soft on Arabs and backs down too easily in a fight.
Love him or loathe him, Netanyahu has been at the very center of Arab-Israeli politics since 1990, when he became the telegenic Israeli spokesman for CNNs coverage of the Persian Gulf War, arguably ushering in the Americanization of the Israeli media. Netanyahu is famous for his TV skills, but there is so much more to reveal good and bad about the man and his place in Israeli, Middle Eastern and world political history.
Using the juncture of the Oslo Accords to take the reader back to Netanyahu's formative years, the book chronicles not only the Prime Minister's life but also the issues his career has encompassed, from the rise of militant Islam to the politics of oil; from the transformation of Israeli politics by the 24/7 cable news cycle to the US's changing role in the Middle East.
At present there is no major profile of Netanyahu in the English language, so the publication of this book is a landmark of considerable importance, especially as in March 2015 Netanyahu was re-elected for a further term in office.
The Resistible Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu is published by Bloomsbury.
Press Acclaim & Interviews:
"Tantilising" New York Times
"Compelling...a fascinating glimpse into his [Netanyahu's] past, the people and things that motivated him, and ultimately what he might do next" Jerusalem Post
"Bibi book is political history of Israel over last 25 years" Jewish Telegraph
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