Arafat

Arafat : The Biography

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It is over thirty years since Yasser Arafat swept onto the world stage as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, a machine gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other. During that time, until his death on 4 November 2004, he became many things to many people: to ordinary Israelis a terrorist godfather whose desire for the complete annihilation of their state was only thinly veiled; to previous US administrations a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and the only Palestinian to do business with; to the Bush Whitehouse a pariah once more.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 40mm | 698.54g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16pp b&w photos
  • 0753508885
  • 9780753508886

About Andrew Gowers

Tony Walker is Political Editor of the Austrailian Financial Review. He was Middle East Correspondent for the Financial Times and the Melbourne Age 1984 - 93 and a special correspondent for the Financial Times in North America 1998 - 2000. Andrew Gowers is Editor of the Financial Times. From 1987 to 1990 he was Middle East Editor of the Financial Times. Before joining the Financial Times' foreign staff, he was a correspondent for Reuters news agency in Brussels and Zurich.show more

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It is over thirty years since Yasser Arafat swept onto the world stage as leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, a machine gun in one hand and an olive branch in the other. During that time, until his death on 4 November 2004, he became many things to many people: to ordinary Israelis a terrorist godfather whose desire for the complete annihilation of their state was only thinly veiled; to previous US administrations a Nobel Peace Prize-winner and the only Palestinian to do business with; to the Bush Whitehouse a pariah once more. Based on hundreds of frank and revealing interviews with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Arafat himself, Arafat: The Biography examines his once-triumphant transition from terrorist to statesman, and his subsequent marginalisation following the collapse of the Oslo Peace Accords. It separates Arafat the man from Arafat the myth, and offers a penetrating, balanced insight into the international and intelligence links, and the internal machinery of the Palestinian regime.show more

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