Israel always seems to be in the news in one way or the other.
Now two new books are out – both with special appeal, both with
a special focus.
“The Prime Ministers” by
Yehuda Avner (Toby Press, $29.95, 731 pages) is the kind of book
one cannot put down – also with its weight – it’s also hard to
pick up. But the effort is well worth it as Avner, a witness to
history as advisor and English speech writer to Israeli Prime
Ministers Rabin, Begin, Meir and Eshkol, as one who has lived in
Israel since 1947, as one who had access to never before seen
letters, documents, draft speeches – gives us the ultimate
This is behind-the-scenes
tour de force: gossip, intellectual arguments, the history that
was never reported, the persons behind the personalities.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL
“Walking Israel” by Martin
Fletcher (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $25.99, 320
pages) is sub-titled “A Personal Search for the Soul of a
Nation.” That it is. The talented writer who is a special
correspondent for NBC news takes us front and center and behind
the scenes, to famous and historical landmark areas and also to
places it would have been better to have not visited.
Part travelogue, part
memoir, part editorial, part narrative non-fiction, “Walking
Israel” is an eye opener, an important book. As the eloquent
Fletcher said in the publisher’s interview: “Israel gets a raw
deal. Israel is a much nicer place than the country they hear
about.” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ALL.
Still a young man, Cliff
Brodsky author of “I Found God in Hollywood” (Iuniverse, $20.95,
262 pages, paper) has lived a very full and adventurous life. He
reveals some of it in his highly readable tome that serves up 30
short stories from the life he once led. Intermingled are
humor, pathos, honesty (“Pot was my God and I knew I was an
addict long before I did anything about it”). GOOD READING.