One of Israel's leading soldier-statesmen -diplomats, Chaim Herzog has written a lively account of his long life in politics. It is sprinkled with anecdotes and sketches of the people he has met and, naturally, his own words and accomplishments. He skips over many major events in which he was not directly involved -- for example, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982 -- and has little good to say about such legendary figures as Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. A history it is not; as memoir, it reveals much about the views of an influential man who served as president of Israel from 1983 to 1993.
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