"We do not rejoice in victories. We rejoice when a new kind of cotton is grown and when strawberries bloom in Israel": First Edition of Golda Meir's My Life; Signed by Her
Item Number: 44577
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1975.
First edition of Meir’s autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. This is a presentation copy presented to Ceil and Joe Mazer, With gratitude for all you are doing for UJA Federation December 22, 1975.” The recipients Ceil and Joseph Mazer were philanthropists and active Zionists. Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Cheryl Asherman.
Golda Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister. Israel's first and the world's third woman to hold such an office, she was described as the "Iron Lady" of Israeli politics years before the epithet became associated with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Former Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion used to call Meir "the best man in the government"; she was often portrayed as the "strong-willed, straight-talking, grey-bunned grandmother of the Jewish people." My Life is "both frank and very revealing of her personality and goals. Her total lack of pretense is especially winning. Meir's practical idealism can be seen in efforts as diverse as the beautification of kibbutzim and her strong advocacy of unemployment benefits. The work that 'most concerned and interested me,' she writes, was 'the translation of socialist principles into the down-to-earth terminology of everyday life.' Although the political events narrated are well known they are recounted with drama and spirit. Don't mistake this for just chicken soup with riposte-noodles: it's a model of its kind and a sure crowd-pleaser" (Kirkus Reviews).