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Arafat : the biography

Author: Tony Walker; Andrew Gowers
Publisher: London : Virgin, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : Rev. and updated edView all editions and formats
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"It is over thirty years since Yasser Arafat swept onto the world stage as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, a machine gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other. In that time he has become many things to many people; to ordinary Israelis a terrorist godfather whose desire for the complete annihilation of their state is only thinly veiled; to previous US administrations a Nobel Peace  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Yasir Arafat; Yāsir ʻArafāt; Yāsir ʻArafāt; Yasir Arafat
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tony Walker; Andrew Gowers
ISBN: 1852279249 9781852279240
OCLC Number: 50877204
Notes: Previous ed. published as: Behind the myth / Andrew Gowers and Tony Walker. London : W.H. Allen, 1990.
Description: xx, 490 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Mr Palestine --
Struggle --
Taking Control --
Blood Feud --
Black September --
Lost Illusions --
Guerrilla-Diplomat --
The Lebanese Quagmire --
Knocking on Washington's Door --
On the Defensive --
Invasion --
The War of Independence --
Climbing Back --
The Odd Couple --
Intifada --
Independence --
The Wrong Horse --
Engulfed --
In the Wilderness --
The Reckoning --
Accord --
Body-Blow --
Doldrums --
Disappointment --
Besieged.
Responsibility: Tony Walker and Andrew Gowers.

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Based on hundreds of interviews with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Arafat himself, this book separates Arafat the man from Arafat the myth, and offers an insight into the  Read more...

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schema:reviewBody""It is over thirty years since Yasser Arafat swept onto the world stage as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, a machine gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other. In that time he has become many things to many people; to ordinary Israelis a terrorist godfather whose desire for the complete annihilation of their state is only thinly veiled; to previous US administrations a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and the only Palestinian to do business with; to the Bush Whitehouse, a pariah once more." "Fully up to date, and based on hundreds of frank and revealing interviews with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Arafat himself, Arafat: The Biography examines his once-triumphant transition from terrorist to statesman, and his subsequent marginalisation following the tragic collapse of the Oslo Peace Accords. The book examines the charge that the bitter personal blood-feud between Arafat and Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is itself a major obstacle to peace in the Middle-East. It separates Arafat the man from Arafat the myth, and offers a penetrating, balanced insight into the international and intelligence links, and the internal machinery, of the Palestinian regime."--BOOK JACKET."
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