Bibi: My Story

Threshold Editions. Oct. 2022. 736p. ISBN 9781668008447. $35. MEMOIR
Netanyahu, age 73 and the former longest-serving prime minister and current Israeli political leader of the opposition, is intent on setting the historical record straight on his life, controversial career, and place in the history of Israel. Will Durant and Winston Churchill are his models for both writing and making history, and this book is designed to answer the narratives of his political opponents and those he often refers to as “the Israeli left-wing press.” The book begins with his depiction of the idyllic Jerusalem childhood shared with older brother Yonatan under the watchful eyes of his parents. His father was a Jewish history scholar and Zionist activist, and he describes his mother as intelligent and empathetic. Netanyahu traces his experiences in military and public service, while dismissing those who opposed or betrayed him over the decades. Along the way, he touches on his relationships with great world leaders. As with all autobiographies, readers must consider the source, but this one offers fascinating insights into the history, politics, and links of Israel and the United States since World War II.
VERDICT This books ranks of profound importance to readers interested in the recent history of the Middle East.
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