Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel

by Francine Klagsbrun

Book, 2017



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New York, NY Schocken Books, 2017


"The definitive biography of Golda Meir: the iron-willed leader, chain-smoking political operative, and tea-and-cake-serving grandmother who became the fourth prime minister of Israel and one of the most notable women of our time"--

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Golda Meir served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1969-1974, and is the only woman to have held that position. Born in Kiev and raised in the United States, Meir was a visible and popular figure both with the American Jewish community and the United States government. This book is a comprehensive
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biography of a dynamic leader who was influential in the formation of Israel, and whose legacy is still felt today.

Since I was a child when Meir held office, I knew nothing of her life history and how she rose to the highest levels of Israel’s government. My knowledge of Israel’s history was also pretty sketchy. Lioness addressed both of these gaps, helping me better appreciate the formation of the State of Israel, Israel-Arab relations from that point forward, and the key political figures involved. And of course I know a great deal more about Golda Meir, who showed herself as a leader early in life and went to Israel not to escape hardship or persecution, but because she identified so strongly with being part of the newly-forming state.

But oh my, it’s a tome. I don’t usually shy away from long books, but I have my limits. The hardcover edition comes in at 848 pages, although well over 100 pages are devoted to notes and indices. I read the Kindle edition simply so I wouldn’t have to tote the book around. Even though Meir’s life is a fascinating story, the text can be dry at times. This book is best suited to someone who already has a strong interest in the subject, and will find it easier to persevere to the end.
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