The first volume of Jehuda Reinharz's definitive biography of Chaim Weizmann, Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Zionist Leader, met with widespread acclaim and won five major prizes. President Chaim Herzog of Israel praised it for being "rich in fascinating detail, and never losing sight of the great issues involved." Howard Sachar, writing in The Washington Post Book World, called it "magisterial." And John Gross of The New York Times hailed it as an "admirable new life of Weizmann--easily the most authoritative so far." Now, in Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Statesman, Reinharz provides the long-awaited second volume.
This massively researched, deftly written narrative follows Weizmann's life from the beginning of the First World War through some of his greatest triumphs--the Balfour Declaration, the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the British Mandate for Palestine. Like the first volume, The Making of a Statesman combines intimate detail with incisive analysis. Reinharz untangles the internal politics of the World Zionist Organization as he charts Weizmann's rise to prominence. We see Weizmann struggling with fellow Zionists over his pro-British policies and his increasingly authoritarian leadership. We see him as a persuader and diplomat, a charming figure who could win influence in elite British circles without downplaying his Jewish identity or heritage. Reinharz offers fresh insights into Weizmann's brilliance as a chemist. No other historian has ever explained Weizmann's scientific accomplishments and their ties to his Zionist diplomacy. Reinharz follows the difficult negotiations that produced the triumphant Balfour Declaration. He carries the story through Weizmann's work in Palestine to found a vibrant Jewish community. Weizmann's largely unsuccessful efforts to open a friendly dialogue with the Arabs are also fully explored.
Chaim Weizmann was a towering figure of twentieth-century Zionism and the first president of the State of Israel. In every way, this monumental biography is worthy of this great statesman.
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About the Author:
Jehuda Reinharz is Richard Koret Professor of Modern Jewish History, Director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry, and Provost at Brandeis University. He is the author, editor or coeditor of numerous books including The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann, 1918-1920 and Fatherland or Promised Land: The Dilemma of the German Jew, 1893-1914.
"The second massive volume of a massive biography of Chaim Weizmann covers eight years in his life--but what years! It begins with the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 and ends with the ratification of the Mandate for Palestine by the new League of Nations in 1922....When the first
volume of this biography was published, it was widely hailed as an outstanding work, and various awards were bestowed on it. The second part is as good as the first. Reinharz has done an enormous amount of research."--The New Republic
"Jehuda Reinharz of Brandeis University is a biographer worthy of his brilliantly colorful subject....With finely crafted prose and meticulous research, Reinharz has written one of the most dignified works in the biobliography of modern Zionism."--The Washington Post
"A brilliant character sketch of Weizman."--The New York Times Book Review
"The ongoing effort of Reinharz's magisterial compendium offers more than a biography; it is a basic historical statement of the period....Essential to the study of Zionism and Israel."--Library Journal
"This scholarly work, when completed with a third volume, will be the definitive biography of this towering figure of twentieth-century Zionism."--Booklist
"Well-documented....Admirably--perhaps definitively--detailed."--Kirkus Reviews
"Will undoubtedly be the definitive life of Chaim Weizmann."--Behind the Headlines (Canadian Inst. of International Affairs)
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Descripción Oxford University Press, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110195072154
Descripción Oxford University Press, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0195072154
Descripción Oxford University Press. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0195072154 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW7.0038451