In This Review

Breakthrough
Breakthrough
By Moshe Dayan
Knopf, 1981, 384 pp

Published almost simultaneously with his untimely death, Dayan's detailed narrative of the diplomacy of the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations during his tenure as Foreign Minister in the Begin government is a fine contribution to history and bears witness to his central role. A personal account, it reflects the individualism and self-assurance that marked his entire career and will, of course, have to be balanced by others. He offers sharp vignettes of the other actors-Carter, Vance, Sadat, and especially Begin. With Begin he had real differences, but what comes through clearly is the tenacity with which they both defended Israeli positions against Egyptian and American efforts to change them.