Maurice Edelman, known as a novelist, writes here a political biography of the man whose fate has been merged with that of the emergent nation he has helped to create. It is a free-flowing narrative, far more easy to follow than most such books. We follow Ben-Gurion's path from his birth in Plonsk to his voyage to the Holy Land (then as David Green) in 1906, and his subsequent journeyings to the United States and then into the desert as he fought for Israel. His relations with such men as Jabotinsky and Weizmann, his participation in such movements as the Jewish Legion and the Third Front, his battles with the British, the Nazis, the Arabs are all a part of the story. Ben Gurion appears as a fiery statesman of action, labor leader, soldier, teacher in turn. Accessible, informative.