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Anshel Pfeffer

The Turbulent LIfe and Times of Benjamin Netanyahu

This is the first biography written for an international audience that collects the threads of Netanyahu's tumultuous personal life, controversial public career and struggle to establish himself as the Jewish state's leader and master of its destiny. It is told with an insider's knowledge of Israel's national psyche and Netanyahu's role on the international stage, by a writer who has spent his career explaining the world to Israelis and interpreting Israel for a global readership.

How does Benjamin Netanyahu do it?

Against the odds, the man who has politically and emotionally divided his country, and taken on the international community, is on course to becoming Israel's longest-serving prime minister.

Despite the widespread suspicion and resentment he has aroused at home and abroad, Netanyahu has persevered and rebounded from political defeat and personal setback. Defying repeated predictions of his downfall, he has succeeded in captivating a nation and seeing off all his domestic rivals.

Netanyahu's life story has its roots in his father Benzion, the stern historian with impossible expectations of his sons, a childhood in Jerusalem, adolescence and early adulthood in the United States and the death at Entebbe of his elder brother. His initial success as a dashing diplomat and political shining star was soon overshadowed by scandal and a bungled first term as Israel's youngest prime minister.

Reviled by many detractors and revered by only a small band of true believers, Netanyahu continues to dominate Israeli public life and the Jewish narrative of the twenty-first century. As modern Israel approaches the seventieth anniversary of its birth, this one man more than any other directs its fate.

Anshel Pfeffer has written on Israeli politics and global affairs for two decades. He is a senior commentator and columnist for Haaretz's English edition and The Economist's correspondent in Israel, as well as a contributor to the Guardian. As a journalist he has covered wars, revolutions and political upheaval on four continents. Pfeffer's first book, Maran: a biography of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was published in Hebrew in 2004. Haaretz has recently published an e-book in English of his dispatches from Europe, The Cossacks Aren't Coming: The Future of Europe's Jews. Born in Manchester, he currently lives in Jerusalem.

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