Books by Shimon Peres

BEN-GURION by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

The current Israeli president teams with a journalist to survey and celebrate the life of David Ben-Gurion (1886-1973), one of the founders of the State of Israel.

This latest entry in Nextbook's Jewish Encounters series makes no real pretense of objectivity. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1999

Israel's quirkiest visionaries, present (Shimon Peres) and past (Theodor Herzl), tour the country in a book that might possibly be appropriate for children, but not for grown-ups.  Before scoring any philosophical, political, or cultural points about the State of Israel, former prime and foreign minister Peres spends tens of pages acting as travel writer and historian.  His ghostwriters, thanked later, don't do badly, but the spectral premise of meeting and traveling with the 19th-century founder of political Zionism is often forced and unfruitful.  After traveling by ship and train, meeting other undead like Trotsky, Marx, and Heine, the two legends take to the air, and visit the late David Ben-Gurion (the founder who made Peres's career), who reiterates his prophecy of making the desert bloom.  Flying over the Dimona nuclear reactor (part of Peres's legacy), the statesman explains how the giant nuclear shadow he cast over the region will bring peace.  Awkwardly, as their helicopter next passes Herzl's tomb, "tears streamed down Herzl's cheeks."  The fractured fable ends with an additional message on the comparable greatness of Peres's hero, his mentor, and his own policies:  "their vision is peace."  A secular, Zionist version of the Thriller video, but Michael Jackson's original is catchier and less moribund. Read full book review >
FOR THE FUTURE OF ISRAEL by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

Five long, only fitfully fruitful conversations between Israel's former prime minister who was the long-time rival to, ultimate collaborator with, and successor to the slain Yitzhak Rabin, and a Paris-based former Newsweek correspondent and novelist. Read full book review >

BATTLING FOR PEACE by Shimon Peres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

An inviting exercise in autobiography by Israel's defensive foreign minister. Even before the current peace process and peace prize, Shimon Peres was known for his paradoxical traits: an optimistic dove in Arab relations who nonetheless founded Israel's ``Doomsday'' atomic program. Read full book review >