First Edition of Shimon Peres' From these men: Seven founders of the State of Israel; Signed by Him
From These Men: Seven Founders of the State of Israel.
Item Number: 64041
New York: Wyndham Books, 1979.
First edition of this moving tribute by Peres of the founding fathers of Israel. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Shimon Peres on the half-title page. Translated by Philip Simpson. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Dick Adelson. Uncommon signed.
In this work Shimon Peres has drafted his profiles in courage, featuring personalities who have helped to shape modern Israel. Some are more well-known than others. Peres considers David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, to be the greatest Jew of his generation. Levi Eshkol--whose gift for compromise, Peres notes, contributed much to the labor movement--was prime minister in 1967. Berl Katznelson, the ideologue of the Labor party, and poet Nathan Alterman guided the nation's spirit, in Peres' view, while scientist Ernest David Bergman drafted the master plan to make Israel self-sufficient in energy, water, and food--specifically foreseeing the manifold blessings that atomic energy would yield. Lawyer Moshe Haviv, who aided Ben-Gurion and Peres in founding their dissenting Raft Party, represents justice, while the hero par excellence is Entebbe commander Yonatan Netanyahu--"first in line and first to fall." Through their portraits we have glimpses of Peres as his career intersects with their lives.