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Teddy Kollek: Mayor Of Jerusalem

Teddy Kollek: Mayor Of Jerusalem

By Naomi Shepherd

Harper & Row, 1988, 175 pp.

Not a standard biography but a study of Kollek's accomplishments, and his continuing problems, as mayor of a city reunited geographically in 1967 but still of undetermined legal status, divided by political, religious and ethnic feuds, and never far from the brink of violence. Probably there is no better way of telling Jerusalem's story over these two decades than by keeping the focus on the man at the center of it. And in doing so the author achieves a biographer's purpose in conveying the essence of her subject, in this case a man of inexhaustible energy, tolerance (most of the time) and unique talents, somehow doing an impossible job.