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Killing a King

The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

Dan Ephron

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Norton
04 October 2016
History; Middle Eastern history; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Political leaders & leadership; Political assassinations
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by Orthodox Jew Yigal Amir, twenty years ago this November, remains the most consequential event in the country's recent history. Killing a King relates parallel stories over the two years leading up to the assassination, as Rabin plotted political deals he hoped would lead to peace and Amir plotted murder. Dan Ephron covered both the rally where Rabin was assassinated and the subsequent murder trial. This deeply researched narrative is based on a trove of documents from the era and interviews with the key players, including members of Amir's family. Only through the prism of the murder is it possible to understand Israel today, from the paralysis in peace-making to the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.
By:   Dan Ephron
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   252g
ISBN:   9780393353242
ISBN 10:   0393353249
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   04 October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

An award-winning writer, Dan Ephron has served as the Jerusalem bureau chief for Newsweek and the Daily Beast and now lives in New York City.

Reviews for Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel

...a riveting new book about the prime minister and his murderer. -- Ian Black - The Guardian Vividly written and sharply insightful, Killing a King is an important and valuable addition to our understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. -- Literary Review A clear-eyed account...captures the way politics in this young and tiny country are uniquely and deeply personal. -- The Economist Exceptional...an electrifying political narrative twinned with an old-fashioned crime story-of the sort that ought to be taught in journalism schools for its restraint, pacing and expert creation of suspense...The book is a Greek tragedy told in split screen, a frame-for-frame chronicle of a deplorable death foretold. -- Jennifer Senior - The New York Times ...compelling... -- Jewish News ...a riveting new book about the prime minister and his murderer. -- Ian Black - The Guardian Vividly written and sharply insightful, Killing a King is an important and valuable addition to our understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. -- Literary Review A clear-eyed account...captures the way politics in this young and tiny country are uniquely and deeply personal. -- The Economist Exceptional...an electrifying political narrative twinned with an old-fashioned crime story-of the sort that ought to be taught in journalism schools for its restraint, pacing and expert creation of suspense...The book is a Greek tragedy told in split scr -- Jennifer Senior - The New York Times ...compelling... -- Jewish News


  • Short-listed for Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature 2016

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