Ben Gurion, State-Builder: Principles and Pragmatism, 1948-1963

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Israel would be unthinkable as a modern viable state were it not for its first and long-time prime minister and minister of defense, David Ben Gurion. In this readable and exciting in-depth study, Dr. Avi-hai traces Ben Gurion's road to power, and, combining narrative history and analysis, shows how the statesman blended high principle and vision with pragmatic and unswerving dedication to the survival of his nation and state. The book deals with Ben Gurion's impact on defense and foreign policies, relations with Arabs and with his fellow-Jews outside of Israel, questions of state and religion, and the ultimate conflict with his own political machine which led to his resignation. It is a pioneering scholarly analysis of Mr. Ben Gurion's career as premier of Israel.

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Dr. Avraham Avi-hai, a Canadian by birth, has lived in Israel for over twenty years. He has held senior posts in the Prime Minister's Office and thus has first-hand knowledge of many of the events and developments described in this book. Until 1973 he acted as Provost and Dean of the School for Overseas Students of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1974 Dr. Avi-hai accepted a Visiting Professorship at the University of Rochester. His book is based on a study conducted over many years, including a number of interviews with Ben Gurion.

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