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Israel Independence Day Reading

Yigal Allon, Native Son: A Biography

Anita Shapira
Translated by Evelyn Abel

392 pages | 6 x 9 | 29 illus.

Cloth 2007 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4028-3 | $49.95 | £32.50

A volume in the Jewish Culture and Contexts series

Yigal Allon, Native SonA bestseller in Israel, Yigal Allon, Native Son is the only biography of the charismatic leader. Born in 1918 into the fabric of Arab-Jewish frontier life at the foot of Mt. Tabor, Allon rose to become commander of the Palmah, one of the founding figures of the state of Israel and an architect of its politics. The book  focuses on Allon’s life up to 1950, his clash with founding father David Ben-Gurion, the end of his military career, and the watershed in culture and character between the Jewish Yishuv and Israeli statehood.

The story of Allon’s life frames the history of Israel, its relationship with its Arab neighbors, its culture and spirit. This biography touches on matters–Israel’s borders, refugees, military might–that remain very much alive today.