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Author: Elinor Burkett
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The first female head of state in the Western world and one of the most influential women in modern history, Golda Meir was a member of the tiny coterie of founders of the State of Israel, the architect of its socialist infrastructure, and its most tenacious international defender. Her devotion to shaping and defending a Jewish homeland against doggish enemies and skittish allies stunned political contemporaries  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Golda Meir; Golda Meir
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elinor Burkett
ISBN: 9780060786656 0060786655
OCLC Number: 179806908
Description: 483 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Elinor Burkett.

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The first female head of state in the Western world and one of the most influential women in modern history, Golda Meir was a member of the tiny coterie of founders of the State of Israel, the architect of its socialist infrastructure, and its most tenacious international defender. Her devotion to shaping and defending a Jewish homeland against doggish enemies and skittish allies stunned political contemporaries skeptical about the stamina of an elderly leader, and transformed Middle Eastern politics for decades to follow. A blend of Emma Goldman and Martin Luther King Jr. in the guise of a cookie-serving grandmother, Meir was a tough-as-nails politician who issued the first prescient warnings about the rise of international terrorism, out-maneuvered 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. A prodigious fundraiser and persuasive international voice, Golda carried the nation through its most perilous hours while she herself battled cancer. In this biography, journalist Elinor Burkett looks beyond Meir's well-known accomplishments to the complex motivations and ideals, personal victories and disappointments, of her charismatic public persona. Beginning with Meir's childhood in virulently anti-Semitic Russia and her family's subsequent relocation to the United States, Burkett places Meir within the framework of the American immigrant experience, the Holocaust, and the single-mindedness of a generation that carved a nation out of its own nightmares and dreams. She paints a portrait of a legendary woman defined by contradictions: an iron resolve coupled with magnetic charm, an utter ordinariness of appearance matched to extraordinary achievements, a kindly demeanor that disguised a stunning hard-heartedness, and a complete dedication to her country that often overwhelmed her personal relationships. To produce this account of Meir's life, Burkett mined historical records, and interviewed members of Meir's inner circle, many going on record for the first time.

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