A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

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November 2019, no. 416
Ilana Snyder reviews 'A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion' by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion

by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

Head of Zeus, $49.99 hb, 804 pp, 9781789544626

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

Reviewed by
November 2019, no. 416

In Israel’s recent election, Benjamin Netanyahu desperately defended his position as Israel’s prime minister, but perhaps also as a free man, because he may soon face trial for corruption charges. As Israelis learn more about his lavish life style, many yearn for the days of David Ben-Gurion (1886–1973), whom they recall as an ascetic statesman of vision and integrity. Netanyahu is seen as the opposite of Ben-Gurion.

So mused Israeli historian and journalist Tom Segev, author of this important biography of Israel’s first prime minister, in Haaretz newspaper. But, he added, Netanyahu has in many ways followed in Ben-Gurion’s footsteps, especially in his view that Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians can at best be managed, not solved.

Ilana Snyder reviews 'A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion' by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion

by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

Head of Zeus, $49.99 hb, 804 pp, 9781789544626

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