David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance

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About the Author
Shlomo Aronson is Visiting Professor at Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv-Yaffo Academic College, as well as Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His scholarship has focused on Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, Israeli domestic and foreign policy, nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, 'Post-Zionism', and current anti-Zionism. He is the author of a number of books, including Conflict and Bargaining in the Middle East, The Politics and Strategy of Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East, and Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews.
"Understanding Ben-Gurion, Israel's preeminent founding father, is essential to exploring the emergence and shaping of Israel itself. Ben-Gurion's centrality has made him a lighting-rod for the celebration and criticism of the Zionist experience. In a unique and extraordinarily productive approach, Aronson plumbs the relationship between Ben-Gurion's pragmatic political leadership and his deep and sometimes eccentric intellectual commitments. In leading us through a reconsideration of major issues and events that engaged Ben-Gurion and shaped Israeli history and its polity, Aronson puts forth an illuminating and brilliant portrait that challenges the recent litany of attacks that have become standard fare in the strident negativism of Israel. This rehabilitation of Ben-Gurion is thereby a sophisticated and compelling refutation of Israel's detractors."
--Ilan Troen, Brandeis University
"A compelling tour de force, Aronson's thought-provoking reassessment of Israel's founding father David Ben Gurion is a huge contribution to a needed reconsideration of Ben Gurion's statesmanlike role in Israeli and Jewish history. While "the old man" is pilloried in recent post-Zionist scholarship as a Jewish tyrant and ruthless politico, his actions interpreted as the seed of many contemporary Israeli evils - the lack of a written American-type constitution, the extraordinary place of the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli society, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Aronson offers a more persuasive and better informed view. He places Ben Gurion's pragmatic left-Zionist leadership in the larger historical contexts of the crisis of modern Jewish society, the 'trap' of global politics culminating in the Nazi Holocaust, and the critical post-war juncture during which statehood was achieved and built despite multiple challenges."
--Kenneth Waltzer, Michigan State University
"We have here a thoughtful and detailed analysis of the origins, development, and application in practice of the concepts that guided a key figure in the creation and history of Israel. On the basis of vast archival research, command of the literature, and personal interviews and experiences, Aronson brings the towering figure of Ben-Gurion to life as a statesman of ideas in a challenging world."
--Gerhard L. Weinberg, Emeritus, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill