Leadership

Books and Articles

Those with a particular value are marked with an *

Aronoff, Yael. The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard-Liners Opt for Peace. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

*Avner, Yehuda. The Prime Ministers: An Intimate Narrative of Israeli Leadership. New York, NY: The Toby Press, 2010. (Contains lengthy and delightfully interesting chapters on Prime Ministers Eshkol, Rabin, Meir, and Begin)

Goldwater, Raymond. Pioneers of Religious Zionism: Rabbis Alkalai, Kalischer, Mohliver, Reines and Maimon. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2009.

*Hertzberg, Arthur. The Zionist Idea: A Historical Analysis and Reader. Philadelphia, PA: The Jewish Publication Society, 1997.

*Mitchell, Thomas G. Likud Leaders: The Lives and Careers of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Incorporated, 2015.

Netanyahu, Benzion. The Founding Fathers of Zionism. Lexington, OK: Balfour Books, 2012.

Yigal Allon (October 10, 1918-February 29, 1980)

*Shapira, Anita. Yigal Allon, Native Son. Translated by: Evelyn Abel. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008.

Moshe Arens (December 27, 1925-Present)

Simon, Merill. Moshe Arens, Scientist and Statesman, Speaks Out. London: Dean Books, 1988.

Chaim Arlossoroff (February 23, 1899-June 16, 1933)

Avineri, Shlomo. Arlosoroff. New York, NY: Globe Weidenfeld, 1990.

Ehud Barak (February 12, 1942-Present)

Barak, Ehud. My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2016.

Mitchell, Thomas G. Israel’s Security Men: The Arab-Fighting Political Careers of Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Barak. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2015.

Barak, Ehud. “We Can Work with Ehud,” NPQ: New Perspectives Quarterly 28, no. 3 (2011): 29-32.

Holt, David. “Barak’s Coordination Game: Can He Win It?” World Affairs 162, no. 3 (2000): 116-125.

Peretz, Don. “Barak’s Israel,” Current History 100, no. 642 (2001): 21-26.

Rees, Matt and Waller, Douglas. “Barak’s Cagey Resignation,” Time 156, no. 25 (2000).

Tepperman, Jonathan. “Barak’s Last Battle,” Foreign Affairs 92, no. 1(2013): 91-104.

Menachem Begin (August 16, 1913-March 9, 1992)

Begin, Menachem. White Nights: The Story of a Prisoner in Russia. Translated by: Katie Kaplan. New York, NY: Harper and Row Publishers, 1977.

Begin, Menachem. The Revolt. New York, NY: Tolmich, 2013.

Doran, Michael and Hillel Halkin. Menachem Begin’s Zionist Legacy, Jerusalem: Koren Publishers, 2015.

Freedman, Robert Owen. Israel in the Begin Era. New York, NY: Praeger, 1982.

Frois, Tedi. Begin in Power. Jerusalem: Keter, 1984.

*Gordis, Daniel. Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul. New York, NY: Schocken Books, 2014.

Grosbard, Ofer and Pinhas Yehezkeli. Menachem Begin: The Absent Leader. Glilot, Israel: Strategic Research and Policy Center, National Defense College, IDF, 2007.

Grosbard, Ofer. Menachem Begin: A Portrait of a Leader – A Biography. Tel Aviv: Resling, 2006.

Haber, Eitan. Menachem Begin: The Legend and the Man. Translated by: Louis Williams. New York, NY: Delacorte Press, 1979.

Hirschler, Gertrude and Lester S. Eckman. Menachem Begin: From Freedom Fighter to Statesman. New York, NY: Shengold Publishers Incorporated, 1979.

Hurwitz, Zvi H. Begin: His Life, Words, and Deeds. New York, NY: Gefen Publishing, 2004.

Hurwitz, Harry Zvi. and Medad, Yisrael (ed.). Peace in the Making: the Menachem Begin- Anwar El-Sadat Personal Correspondence. Jerusalem: Gefen Publishing House: Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 2011.

Isaacson, Meron. Begin. Tel Aviv: Yediot Ahronot, 2005.

Peleg, Ilan. Begin’s Foreign Policy, 1977-1983: Israel’s Move to the Right. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1987.

*Perlmutter, Amos. The Life and Times of Menachem Begin. New York, NY: Doubleday and Company Incorporated, 1987.

Seidman, Hillel and Mordecai Schreiber. Menachem Begin: His Life and Legacy. New York, NY: Shengold Publishers Incorporated, 1990.

Shilon, Avi. Menachem Begin: A Life. Translated by: Danielle Zilberberg and Yoram Sharett. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Shindler, Colin. Israel, Likud and the Zionist Dream: Power, Politics, and Ideology from Begin to Netanyahu. London and New York, NY: Tauris, 1995.

Silver, Eric. Begin: The Haunted Prophet. New York, NY: Random House, 1984.

*Sofer, Sasson. Begin: An Anatomy of Leadership. Oxford: Basil Blackwell Incorporated, 1988.

*Stein, Kenneth. Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin, and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace. New York and London: Routledge, 1999.

Temko, Ned. To Win or To Die: A Personal Portrait of Menachem Begin. New York, NY: William Morrow and Company Incorporated, 1987.

Gabay, Nadav. “Peace Begins at Home: Toleration, Identity Politics and the Changing Conception of Peacemaking in Israel after Yitzhak Rabin’s Assassination,” Social Identities 12, no. 3 (2006): 345-375.

Shlomo Ben-Ami (July 17, 1943-Present)

Ben-Ami, Shlomo. Scars of War, Wounds of Peace: The Israeli-Arab Tragedy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

David Ben-Gurion (October 16, 1886-December 1, 1973)

Almogi, Yosef. The Struggle for Ben-Gurion: In the Wake of the Affair. Jerusalem: Yedioth Ahronoth, 1988.

Aronson, Shlomo. David Ben-Gurion and the Jewish Renaissance. London: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Avi-hai, Avraham. Ben Gurion: State Builder. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 1974.

Bar-Zohar, Michael. Ben-Gurion: A Biography. Translated by: Peretz Kidron. New York, NY: Adama Books, 1986.

Bar-Zohar, Michael. The Armed Prophet: A Biography of David Ben Gurion. Translated by Len Ortzen. London: Arthur Barker Limited, 1967.

Barnet, Litvinoff. Ben-Gurion of Israel. Westport, Ct: Praeger, 1954.

Ben-Gurion, David. My Talks With Arab Leaders. Translated by Misha Louvish.  Jerusalem: Keter Books, 1972. 

Ben-Gurion, David. Recollections. Edited by: Thomas R. Bransten. London: Macdonald and Company, 1970.

Ben-Gurion, David. The Letters of David Ben-Gurion. Edited by Yehuda Erez. Tel Aviv: Am Oved and Tel Aviv University, 1972.

Ben Gurion, David and Thomas R. Bransten. Memoirs. Wenatchee, WA: World Publishing Company, 1970.

Ducovny, Amram. David Ben-Gurion in His Own Words. New York, NY: Fleet Press Corporation, 1968.

Friling, Tuvia. Arrows in the Dark: David Ben-Gurion, the Yishuv Leadership, and Rescue Attempts During the Holocaust. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.

Kurzman, Dan. Ben Gurion: Prophet of Fire. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1983.

Landau, David and Shimon Peres. Ben Gurion: A Political Life. New York, NY: Schocken Publishing, 2011.

Litvinoff, Barnet. Ben-Gurion of Israel. New York, NY: Praeger, 1954.

Pearlman, Moshe. Ben Gurion Looks Back. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1965.

Shalom, Zaki. Ben-Gurion’s Political Struggles, 1963-1967: A Lion in Winter. London and New York, NY: Routledge, 2006.

*Shapira, Anita. Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel. Translated by: Anthony Berris. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

*St. John, Robert. Ben Gurion: Builder of Israel. London: London Publishing Company, 1998.

Tevet, Shabtai. Ben-Gurion and the Holocaust. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace, 1996.

Tevet, Shabtai. Ben-Gurion and the Palestinian Arabs: From Peace to War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

*Teveth, Shabtai. Ben-Gurion: The Burning Ground 1886-1948. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987.

Wolfensohn, Avraham. David Ben-Gurion- A Decade after his Death: 1886-1973. Tel Aviv: Histadrut Publishers, 1983.

Yanai, Natan. Political Crises in Israel: The Ben-Gurion Period. Jerusalem: Keter, 1982.

*Zweig, Ronald W. (ed.). David Ben-Gurion: Politics and Leadership in Israel. London: Cass, 1991.

Aronson, Shlomo. “David Ben-Gurion, Levi Eshkol and the Struggle over Dimona: A Prologue to the Six-Day War and it (Un)Anticipated Results,” Israel Affairs 15, no. 2 (2009): 114-143.

Aronson, Shlomo. “David Ben-Gurion and the British Constitutional Mode,” Israel Affairs 3, no. 2 (1998): 193-214.

Aronson, Shlomo. “Leadership, Preventative War and Territorial Expansion: David Ben-Gurion and Levi Eshkol,” Israel Affairs 18, no. 4 (2012): 526-545.

Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (January 7, 1858-December 16, 1922)

Ben Yehuda, Eliezer. A Dream Come True. Translated by: T. Muraoka. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993.

Drucker, Malka. Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. New York, NY: Dutton Juvenile, 1987.

Fellman, Jack. The Revival of a Classic Tongue: Eliezer Ben Yehuda and the Modern Hebrew Language. The Hague: Mouton, 1973.

Silberschlag, Eisig (ed.) Eliezer Ben-Yehuda: A Symposium in Oxford. Oxford: The Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, 1981.

Stavans, Ilan. Resurrecting Hebrew. New York, NY: Schocken, 2008.

St. John, Robert. Tongue of the Prophets: The Life Story of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1972.

Podoler, Guy. “Another Orient in Early Zionist Thought: East Asia in the Press of the Ben-Yehuda Family.” Israel Affairs 19, no. 3 (2013): 433-450.

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi (November 24, 1884-April 23, 1963)

“Yitzhak Ben-Zvi,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2003).

“Yitzhak Ben Zvi: Second President of the State of Israel.” Office of the President of Israel.  http://www.president.gov.il/English/The_Presidency_In_Israel/Presidents_Of_Israel/Pages/YitzhakBenZvi.aspx

Selig Brodetzky (February 10, 1888-May 20, 1954)

Brodetsky, Selig. Memoirs from Ghetto to Israel. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1960.

Moshe Dayan (May 20, 1915-October 16-1981)

Bar-On, Mordecai. Moshe Dayan: Israel’s Controversial Hero. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012.

Creveld, Martin Van. Moshe Dayan. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004.

Dayan, Moshe. Breakthrough: A Personal Account of the Egypt-Israel Peace Negotiations. New York, NY: Random House Inc, 1981.

Dayan, Moshe. Moshe Dayan: A Portrait. Edited by: Pinchas Jurman. New York, NY: Dodd, Mead, and Company, 1968.

*Dayan, Moshe. Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life. New York, NY: William Morrow and Company Incorporated, 1976.

Dayan, Moshe. Diary of the Sinai Campaign 1956. New York, NY: Haper & Row, 1966.

Dayan, Yaël. My Father, His Daughter. New York, NY: Farrar, Strays, and Giroux, 1985.

Dayan, Moshe and Gemma Levine. Moshe Dayan: Living with the Bible. New York, NY: William Morrow and Company, 1978. 

*Lavie, Naphtali Lau. Balaam’s Prophecy. New York, NY: Toby Press, 1998 Edition (particularly the last six chapters recounting his work with Moshe Dayan)

Mitchell, Thomas G. Israel’s Security Men: The Arab-Fighting Political Careers of Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Barak. Claremont: Ebooks Corporation, 2014.

Slater, Robert. Warrior Statesman: The Life of Moshe Dayan. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1991.

Teveth, Shabtai. Moshe Dayan: The Soldier, the Man, the Legend. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin, 1973.

Van Creveld, Martin. Moshe Dayan. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004.

Golani, Motti. “Chief of Staff in Quest of War: Moshe Dayan Leads Israel into War Journal of Strategic Studies 24, no. 1 (2001): 49-70.

Nahumi, Mordechai, and Israel Neumann. “Pinhas Sapir: Labor’s Counterweight to Dayan.” New Outlook 16, no. 3 (1973): 38.

“Protocol of the Conversation Between the Philosopher Herbert Marcuse and Moshe Dayan, December 29, 1971.” Translated by: Zvi Tauber. Telos 158 (2012): 185-191.

Shamir, Eitan. “From Retaliation to Open Bridges: Moshe Dayan’s Evolving Approach to the Population in Counter Insurgency.” Civil Wars 14, no. 1 (2012): 63-79.

Tauber, Zvi. “Herbert Marcuse on the Arab-Israeli Conflict: His Conversation with Moshe Dayan.” Telos 158 (2012): 171-184

Weitz, Yechaim. “The Founding Father and the General: David Ben-Gurion and Moshe Dayan.” Middle Eastern Studies 47, no. 6 (2011): 845-861.

Abba Eban (February 2, 1915-November 17, 2002)

Eban, Abba. From a State of War to a State of Peace. New York, NY: Israel Information Services, 1967.

*Eban, Abba. Personal Witness: Israel Through My Eyes. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1992.

Eban, Abba. Abba Eban: An Autobiography. New York, NY: Random House, 1977.

*Siniver, Asaf. Abba Eban: A Biography. New York, NY: Overlook Duckworth, 2015.

*St. John, Robert. Eban: One of the Most Respected and Influential Statesmen of the Twentieth Century. London: W.H. Allen, 1973.

Aridan, Natan. “Abba Eban, The Toynbee Heresy,” Israel Studies 11, no. 1 (2006): 91-107.

Eban, Abba. “Toward a New Middle East: The Irreversible Peace Process,” American Foreign Policy Interests 36, no. 6 (2014): 331-343.

Shlaim, Avi. “Interview with Abba Eban, II March 1976,” Israel Studies 8, no. 1 (2003): 153-179.

Zaki, Shalom. “Lyndon Johnson’s Meeting with Abbe Eban, 26 May 1967,” Israel Studies 4, no. 2 (1999): 221-238.

Zaki, Shalom. “Israel’s Foreign Minister Eban Meets President de Gaulle and Prime Minister Wilson on the Eve of the Six Day War,” Israel Affairs 14, no. 2 (2008): 277-287.

Siniver, Asaf. “Abba Eban and the Development of American-Israeli Relations, 1950-1959,” Diplomacy and Statecraft 26, no. 1 (2015): 65-83.

Eliyahu  (Epstein) Elath (July 16, 1903-June 21 1990)

Elath, Eliyahu. Israel and Elath: The Political Struggle for the Inclusion of Elath in the Jewish State. London: Wiedenfeld and Nicholson, 1966.

Elath, Eliyahu. Israel and Elath: The Political Struggle for the Inclusion of Elath in the Jewish State. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966.

Elath. Eliyahu. Zionism at the UN: A Diary of the First Days. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1976.

Levi Eshkol (October 25, 1895-February 26, 1969)

Aronson, Shlomo. Levi Eshkol: From Pioneering Operator to Tragic Hero—A Doer. London: Valentine Mitchell, 2011.

Christman, Henry M (ed.). The State Papers of Levi Eshkol. New York, NY: Funk & Wagnalls, 1969.

Giladi, Dan. Eshkol as a Leader. Jerusalem: Yad Ben Tzvi, 1985.

Goldstein, Yossi. Eshkol: A Biography. Jerusalem: Keter, 2003.

Haber, Eitan. ‘Today War Will Break Out’: The Reminiscences of Brig. Gen. Israel Lior, Aide-de-Camp to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir. Tel Aviv: Adanim, 1987.

Prittie, Terrence. Eshkol of Israel: The Man and the Nation. London: London Museum Press, 1969.

Shapira, Yosef. Levi Eshkol, on the Steps of the Mission. Tel Aviv: Massada Publishers, 1969.

World Zionist Organization. Levi Eshkol (1895-1969): Profile of a Zionist. New York, NY: World Zionist Organization, 1969.

Goldstein, Yossi. “Israel’ Prime Ministers and the Arabs: Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, and Yitzhak Rabin,” Israel Affairs 17, no. 2 (2011): 177-193.

Nahum Goldman (July 10, 1895-August 29, 1982)

Goldman, Nahum. The Jewish Paradox: The Personal Memoir of Historic Encounters that Shaped the Drama of Modern Jewry. New York, NY: Fred Jordan Books, 1978.

*Goldman, Nahum. The Autobiography of Nahum Goldman. New York, NY: Hold Rinehart Books, 1969.

Abraham Granott/Abraham Granovksy (June 18, 1890-July 5, 1962)

Granott, Abraham (Granovksy, Abraham). Land Policy in Palestine. Westport, CT: Hyperion Press, 1976, c1940.

Granott, Abraham (Granovksy, Abraham). Land Problems in Palestine. London: Routledge, 1926.

Granott, Abraham (Granovksy, Abraham). The Land Issue in Palestine. Jerusalem: Keren Kayemeth Leisrael, 1936.

Granott, Abraham (Granovksy, Abraham). The Land System in Palestine: History and Structure. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1952.

Granott, Abraham (Granovksy, Abraham). Agrarian Reform and the Record of Israel. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1956.

Granott, Abraham (Granovsky, Abraham). Land For the Jewish State. Jerusalem: Jewish National Fund, 1948.

Chaim Herzog (September 17, 1918-April 17, 1997)

Herzog, Chaim. Living History: A Memoir. New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 1996.

“Chaim Herzog—The Sixth President of Israel.” President of the State of Israel. www.president.gov.il

Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Chaim Herzog: President of Israel,” Encyclopedia Britannica.

Herzog, Chaim. “Sir Lauterpacht: An Appraisal,” European Journal of International Law 8, no. 2 (1997): 299-300.

Shlomo Hillel (April 23, 1923- Present)

Hillel, Shlomo. Operation Babylon. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1987.

David Horowitz (January 10, 1939- Present)

*Horowitz, David. State in the Making. New York, NY: Knopf, 1953.

Frederick Kisch (August 23, 1988 – April 7, 1943)

Kisch, Frederick. Palestine Diary. London: Victor Gollancz, 1938.


Teddy Kollek (May 27, 1911-January 2, 2007)

Abraham Rabinovich. Teddy Kollek: Builder of Jerusalem. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 1996.

Bachi-Kolodny, Ruth. Teddy Kollek: The Man, His Life and His Jerusalem. New York, NY: Gefen Publishing House, 2008.

Naomi Shepherd. Teddy Kollek, Mayor of Jerusalem. New York, NY: Harper & Row. 1988.

Ruth Bachi Kolodny. Teddy Kollek. The Man, His Times and His Jerusalem. New York, NY: Gefen Publishing House, 2008.

Shepherd, Naomi. The Mayor and the Citadel: Teddy Kollek and Jerusalem. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987.


Abraham Issac Kook (September 8, 1865-September 1, 1935)

Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica. “Abraham Isaac Kook,” Encyclopedia Britannica. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/321976/Abraham-Isaac-Kook

Elkins, Dov Peretz. Shepherd of Jerusalem: A Biography of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook. New York, NY: Shengold Publishers, 1975.

Kook, Abraham Isaac. The Essential Writings of Abraham Isaac Kook. New York, NY: Amity House, 1988.

Mirsky, Yehudah. Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, February 11, 2014.

Naftali Lavie (1926-December 6, 2014)

Lavie, Naftali. Balaam’s Prophecy: Eyewitness to History: 1939-1989. New York, NY: Cornwall Books, 1997.

Golda Meir (May 3, 1898-December 8, 1978)

Agress, Eliyahu. Golda Meir: Portrait of a Prime Minister. New York, NY: Sabra Books, 1969.

Atkins, Ann. Golda Meir: True Grit. Paoli, PA: Flash History Press, 2015.

Avallone, Michael. A Woman Called Golda. New York, NY: Leisure Books, 1982.

Burkett, Elinor. Golda. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishing, 2008.

Burkett, Elinor. Golda Meir: The First Woman Prime Minister in the West. London: Gibson Square Books, June 2, 2008.

Burkett, Elinor. Golda Meir: The Iron Lady of the Middle East. London: Gibson Square Books, 2010.

Davidson, Margaret. The Golda Meir Story. New York, NY: Scribner, 1976.

Mann, Peggy. Golda: The Life of Israel’s Prime Minister. New York, NY: Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, 1971.

Medzini, Meron. The Proud Jewess: Golda Meir and the Vision of Israel- A Political Biography. Jerusalem: Idanim and Yediot Aharonot, 1990.

Meir, Golda. A Land of Our Own: An Oral Autobiography. Edited by: Marie Syrkin. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1973.

*Meir, Golda. My Life. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1975.

Meir, Menachem. My Mother Golda Meir: A Son’s Evocation of Life with Golda Meir. New York, NY: Arbor House, 1983.

Slater, Robert. Golda: The Uncrowned Queen of Israel, a Pictorial Biography. New York, NY: Jonathan David Publishers Incorporated, 1981.

Syrkin, Marie. Golda Meir, Israel’s Leader. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1969.

Cavendish, Richard. “Golda Meir Becomes Israeli Prime Minister.History Today 59, no. 3 (2009).

Genovese, Michael A. “Women in Power: The Personalities and Leadership Styles of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher,” Political Psychology 30, no. 2 (2009): 327–329.

Haber, Eitan. ‘Today War Will Break Out,’ The Reminiscences of Brig. Gen. Israel Lior, Aide-de-Camp to Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir. Tel Aviv: Adanim, 1987.

Kostyrchenko, Gennadii. “Golda at the Metropol Hotel,” Russian Studies in History 43, no. 2 (2004): 77-84.

Medzini, Meron. “Israel’s Midwife: Golda Meir in the Closing Years of the British Mandate,” Israel Affairs 14, no. 3 (2008): 374-397.

Meir, Golda. “Political Problems of the Middle East,” Vital Speeches of the Day 23, no. 5 (1956): 146-150.

Triger, Zvi. “Golda Meir’s Reluctant Feminism: The Pre-State Years,” Israel Studies 19, no. 3. (2014): 108-133.

Weitz, Yechiam. “Golda Meir, Israel’s Fourth Prime Minister: 1969-74,” Middle Eastern Studies 47, no. 1 (2011): 43-61.

Yitzhak Navon (April 9, 1921-November 7, 2015)

Rapoport, Louis and Judy Siegel. “Prime Minister Navon?” New Republic 188, no. 3 (1983): 20-23.

Benjamin Netanyahu (October 21, 1949-Present)

Caspit, Ben and Ora Cummings, The Netanyahu Years. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books,  2017.

Kaspit, Ben and Ilan Kfir. Netanyahu: The Road to Power. Secaucus, NJ: Birch Lane Press, 1998.

Karsh, Efraim. From Rabin to Netanyahu. London: Frank Cass, 1992.

Lochery, Neill. The Resistable Rise of Benjamin Netanyahu. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Mitchell, Thomas G. Likud Leaders: The Lives and Careers of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Inc., 2015.

Netanyahu, Benjamin. A Durable Peace: Israel and Its Place Among the Nations. New York, NY: Grand Central Publishing, 2000.

Netanyahu, Benjamin. Fighting Terrorism. 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.

Cantor, Eric. “Benjamin Netanyahu,”. Time 179, no. 17 (2012).

Halevi, Yossi Klein. “The Savior: Bibi Netanyahu’s New Likud,” New Republic 298, no. 1 (1993).

Lochery, Neill. “The Netanyahu Era: From Crisis to Crisis, 1996-99,” Israel Affairs 6, no. 3-4, (2000): 221-237.

Ehud Olmert (September 30, 1945-Present)

(April 2006-March 2009)

Abrams, Dennis. Ehud Olmert: Modern World Leaders. New York, NY: Chelsea House Publishers, 2008.

Sommer, Michael A. Ehud Olmert: Prime Minister of Israel. New York, NY: Rosen Publishers, 2008.

Joffe, Lawrence. “Election Shake-Up but Olmert Remains,” Middle East 380 (2007): 12-15.

Kahana, Ephraim. Decision-Making in the War against Terror: George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Ehud Olmert. Conference Papers- International Studies Association, 2010.

Weymouth, Lally. “Ehud Olmert: ‘I was not born to be Prime Minister’,” Newsweek 151, no. 20 (2008).

Shimon Peres (August 2, 1923-September 28, 2016)

Bar-Zohar, Michael. Shimon Peres: The Biography. New York, NY: Random House, 2007.

Golan, Motti. The Road to Peace: A Biography of Shimon Peres. Translated by: Akiva Ron. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1989.

Golan, Motti. Shimon Peres: A Biography. Translated by: Ina Friedman. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1982.

Peres, Shimon and Robert Littell. For the Future of Israel. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

*Peres, Shimon. Battling for Peace, Memoirs. Edited by: David Landau. London: Wiedenfeld and Nicolson, 1995.

Ziv, Guy. Why Hawks Become Doves: Shimon Peres and Foreign Policy Change in Israel. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2014.

Ziv, Guy. “Shimon Peres and the French-Israeli Alliance, 1954-9.,” Journal of Contemporary History 45, no. 2 (2010): 406-429.

Yitzhak Rabin (March 1, 1922-November 4, 1995)

Aronoff, Myron. Israel under Rabin. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Benedikt, Linda. Yitzhak Rabin: The Battle for Peace. London: Haus Books, 2005.

Derfler, Leslie. Yitzhak Rabin: A Political Biography. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Freedman, Robert Owen. Israel Under Rabin. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Horowitz, David. Shalom, Friend: The Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin. New York, NY: Newmarket Press, 1996.

Horowitz, David. Yitzhak Rabin- Soldier of Peace. Boulder, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Hughes, Libby. Yitzhak Rabin: From Soldier to Peacemaker. Philadelphia, PA: Xlibris, 2001.

Inbar, Efraim. Rabin and Israel’s National Security. Washington, DC: Woodrow Center Press, 1999.

Karsh, Efraim. From Rabin to Netanyahu: Israel’s Troubled Agenda. London: Frank Cass, 1997.

Kort, Michael. Yitzhak Rabin: Israel’s Soldier Statesman. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 1996.

Kurzman, Dan. Soldier of Peace: The Life of Yitzhak Rabin. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1998.

Makovsky, David. Making Peace with the Palestinian Liberation Organization: The Rabin Government’s Road to the Oslo Accord. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

Mitchell, Thomas G. Likud Leaders: The Lives and Careers of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Inc., 2015.

Peri, Yoram. The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Rabin, Leah. Rabin: Our Life, His Legacy. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1997.

*Rabin, Yitzhak. The Rabin Memoirs. Boston, MA: Little, Brown, and Company, 1979.

Rabinovich, Itamar. Yitzhak Rabin: Solder, Leader, Statesman. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2017.

Slater, Robert. Rabin of Israel. London: Robson Books, 1977

Slater, Robert. Rabin of Israel. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1993.

Slater, Robert. Yitzhak Rabin: Twenty Years On. Glil Yam: Kotarim International Publishing, 2015.

Weber, Shaul. Yitzhak Rabin: Growth of a Leader. Tel Aviv: Dekel Academic Press, 2013.

Ben-Zadok, Efraim. “State-religion Relations in Israel: The Subtle Issue Underlying the Rabin Assassination,” Israel Affairs 8, no. 1-2 (2001): 139-145.

Fischer, Lousie. “Turning Point on the Road to Peace: The Government of Yitzhak Rabin and the Interim Agreement with Egypt (Sinai II),” Israel Studies 19, no. 3 (2014): 55-80.

Sicherman, Harvey. “Yitzhak Rabin: An Appreciation,” Orbis 55, no. 3 (2011): 337-536.

Gideon Rafael (1913- February 10, 1999)

Rafael, Gideon. Destination Peace: Three Decades of Israeli Foreign Policy: A Personal Memoir. New York, NY: Stein and Day, 1981.

Rafael, Gideon. “Divergence and Convergence of American-Soviet Interests in the Middle East: An Israeli Viewpoint,” Political Science Quarterly 100, no.  4 (1985/86): 561-574.

Arthur Ruppin (March 1, 1876-January 1, 1943)

Bloom, Etan. Arthur Ruppin and the Production of Pre-Israeli Culture. Boston, MA: Brill 2011.

Ruppin, Arthur. Arthur Ruppin: Memoirs, Diaries, Letters. New York, NY: Herzl Press, 1971.

Ruppin, Arthur. The Jews in the Modern World. New York, NY: The Macmillan Co., 1934.

Ruppin, Arthur. Three Decades of Palestine: Speeches and Papers on the Upbuilding of the Jewish National Homes. Jerusalem: Schocken, 1936.

Bloom, Etan. “The Administrative Knight: Arthur Ruppin and the Rise of Zionist Statistics,” The Tel Aviv University Year Book for German History 35, no. 1, (2007): 183-203.

Bloom, Etan. “What “The Father” had in Mind: Arthur Ruppin (1876–1943), Cultural Identity, Weltanschauung and Action,” The Journal for History of European Ideas 33, no. 3 (2007): 330-349.

Isseroff, Ami. “Biography of Arthur Ruppin.” Zionism and Israel- Biographies. No Date. http://www.zionism-israel.com/bio/Arthur_Ruppin.htm

Morris-Reich, Amor. “Arthur Ruppin’s Concept of Race,” Israel Studies 11, no. 3 (2006): 1-30.

Morris-Reich, Amor. “Circumventions and Confrontations: Georg Simmel, Franz Boas and Arthur Ruppin and their responses to Antisemitism,” Patterns of Prejudice 44, no. 2 (2010): 195-215.

Pinhas Sapir (October 15, 1906-August 12, 1975)

Naor, Mordechay. Tsemiḥato Shel Manhig: Pinḥas Sapir, 1930-1949. Tel Aviv: Papirus, 1987.

Moshe Sharett (October 15, 1894-July 7, 1965)

Rosensaft, Menachem. Moshe Sharett: Statesman of Israel. New York, NY: Shengold Publishing, 1966.

Sharett, Moshe. Israel and the Middle East the Essentials for Peace & Progress.

Jerusalem: Israel Office of Information, 1953.

Sharett, Moshe. Sharett’s Diaries. Tel Aviv: Sifriyat Ma’ariv, 1978.

*Sheffer, Gabriel. Moshe Sharett: Biography of a Political Moderate. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996.

Soviv, Aaron. Moshe Sharett: Pioneer and Statesman. New York, NY: Jewish National Fund, 1967.

Caplan, Neil. “The 1956 Sinai Campaign Viewed from Asia: Selections from Moshe Sharett’s Diaries,” Israel Studies 7, no. 1 (2002): 81-103.

Khalidi, Walid and Caplan, Neil. “The 1953 Qibya Raid Revisited: Excerpts from Moshe Sharett’s Diaries,” Journal of Palestine Studies 31, no. 4 (2002): 77-98.

Morris, Benny. “Moshe Sharett: In Ben-Gurion’s Long Shadow Moshe Sharett, Biography of a Political Moderate. Gabriel Sheffer,” Journal of Palestine Studies 26, no. 4 (1997): 104-12.

Sheffer, Gabriel. “Moshe Sharett, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Jewish Diaspora,” Israel Studies 15, no. 3 (2010): 27- 46.

Yegar, Moshe. “Moshe Sharett and the Origins of Israel’s Diplomacy,” Israel Studies 15, no. 3 (2010): 1-26.

Yitzhak Shamir (October 22, 1915-June 30, 2012)

Shamir, Yitzhak. Summing Up: An Autobiography. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1994.

Cohen, Uri and Leon, Nissim. “The Mahapach and Yitzhak Shamir’s Quiet Revolution: Mizrahim and the Herut Movement,” Israel Studies Review 29, no. 1 (2014): 18-40.

Margalit, A. “The Violent Life of Yitzhak Shamir,New York Review of Books 39, no. 9 (1992).

Pipes, Daniel. “Yitzhak Shamir: A Lifetime of Activism,” Middle East Quarterly 6, no. 2 (1999): 69-72.

Ross, Dennis. “Yitzhak Shamir,” Time 180, no. 27 (2012).

Shamir, Yitzhak. “Israel’s Role in a Changing Middle East,” Foreign Affairs 60, no. 4 (1982): 780-805.

Ariel Sharon (February 26, 1928-January 11, 2014)

Benziman, Uzi. Sharon: An Israeli Caesar. New York, NY: Adams, 1985.

Chanoff, David. Warrior: The Autobiography of Ariel Sharon. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Dan, Uri. Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Eytan, Freddy and Robert Davies. Ariel Sharon: A Life in Times of Turmoil. Evanston, IL: Studio 9 Books, 2006.

Hafez, Nir and Gadi Bloom. Ariel Sharon: A Life. Translated by: Mitch Ginsburg. New York, NY: Random House, 2006.

Landau, David. Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon. New York, NY: Knopf Publishing, 2014.

Matthews, Mark. Lost Years: Bush, Sharon, and Failure in the Middle East. New York, NY: Nation Books, 2007.

Miller, Anita, Jordan Miller, and Sigalit Zetouni. Sharon: Israel’s Warrior-Politician. Chicago, IL: Academy Chicago Publishers, 2002.

Sharon, Gilad. Sharon: The Life of a Leader. Translated by: Mitch Ginsburg. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2011.

*Sharon, Ariel and David Chanoff. Warrior: The Autobiography of Ariel Sharon. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1989.

Ahmed, Hisham. “Ariel Sharon and the Fate of Local, Regional and International Peace,” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics and Culture 10, no. 1 (2003): 93-98.

Aronoff, Yael S. “From Warfare to Withdrawal: The Legacy of Ariel Sharon,” Israel Studies 15, no. 2 (2010): 149-172.

Gershowitz, Suzanne and Ottolenghi, Emanuele. “Europe’s Problem with Ariel Sharon,” Middle East Quarterly 12, no. 4 (2005): 13-23.

Grebelsky-Lichtman, Tsfira. “The Relationship of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior to Political Stature: The Political Interviews of Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.” Journal of Political Marketing 9.4 (2010): 229-53.

Parkinson, Brian R. “Israel’s Lebanon War: Ariel Sharon and ‘Operation Peace for Galilee,’” Journal of Third World Studies 24, no. 2 (2007).

Sharon,A.  “Address by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon at the Fourth Herzliya Conference.” December 18, 2003. http://heb.inss.org.il/uploadimages/address%20by%20prime%20minister%20ariel%20sharon%20at%20the%20fourth%20herzliya%20conference.pdf 

Zalman Shazar (November 24, 1889-October 5, 1972)

Indelman, Elchanan, and Shoshana Perla. President Zalman Shazar. New York, NY: Histadruth Ivrith of America, 1970.

Yosef Sprinzak (December 8, 1885- January 28, 1959)

Sprinzak, Joseph, and Joseph Shapiro. Igrot Yosef Shprintsaḳ. Tel Aviv: ʻAyanot, 1965.

Yuli Tamir (February 26, 1954 – Present)

Tamir, Yuli Yael. “Staying in Control; Or, What do we Really Want Public Education to Achieve?” Educational Theory 61, no. 4 (2011): 395-411.

Menachem Ussishkin (August 14, 1863-October 2, 1941)

Klausner, Joseph, and Lask, I. M. Menachem Ussishkin, His Life and Work. Jerusalem: Hauman Press, 1942.

Kling, S. The Mighty Warrior, the Life Story of Menaḥem Ussishkin. New Yor, NY: Jonathan David Publishers, 1965.


Josef (Yosef) Weitz (1890-1972)

Morris, Benny. “Yosef Weitz and the Transfer Committees, 1948–49,” Middle Eastern Studies 22, no. 4 (1986): 522-61.

Weitz, Yosef. “Afforestation and Cultivation,” Landscape Architecture 52, no. 3 (1962).

Chaim Weizmann (November 27, 1874-November 9, 1952)

Baker, Rachel. Chaim Weizmann: Builder of a Nation. New York, NY: Julian Messner Incorporated, 1950.

Blumberg, H. M. Weizmann, His Life and Times. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press, 1975.

Reinharz, Jehuda. Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Zionist Leader. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Weisgal, Meyer. Chaim Weizmann: Statesman, Scientist, Builder of the Jewish Commonwealth. New York, NY: Dial Press, 1944.

*Weizmann, Chaim. Trial and Error: The Autobiography of Chaim Weizman. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949.

Ezer Weizman (June 15, 1924-April 24, 2005)

(June 1977-May 1980)

Avnery, Uri. Ezer Weizman: The Peacemaker. New York, NY: Church Peace Union, 1979.

Weizman, Ezer. On Eagles’ Wings: The Personal Story of the Leading Commander of the Israeli Air Force. New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1977.

Weizman, Ezer. The Battle for Peace. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1981.

Zionist Philosophers and Thinkers (partial list)

Judah Alkalai (1798-October 1878)

Raymond Goldwater. Pioneers of Religious Zionism: Rabbis Alkalai, Kalischer, Mohliver, Reines and Maimon. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2009.

Ahad Ha’am (August 18, 1856-January 2, 1927)

Kipen, Israel. Ahad Ha’am: The Zionism of the Future. Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers, 1997.

Simon, Leon. Ahad Ha’am, Asher Ginsberg: A Biography. Philadelphia, PA: Jewish Publication Society, 1960.

Zipperstein, Steven J. Elusive Prophet: Ahad Ha’am and the Origins of Zionism. London: Peter Halban, 1993.

A.D. Gordon (June 9, 1856-February 22, 1922)

Rose, Herbert H. The Life and Thought of A.D. Gordon: Pioneer, Philosopher, and Prophet of Modern Israel. New York, NY: Bloch Publishing Company, 1964.

Theodore Herzl (May 2, 1860-July 3, 1904)

*Avineri, Sholomo. Herzl’s Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State. New York, NY: BlueBridge, 2014.

*Bein, Alex. Theodore Herzl: A Biography. New York, NY: Meridian Books, 1941.

Beller, Steven, Herzl. London: Peter Halban, 2004.

Elon, Amos. Herzl. New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1975.

Falk, Avner. Herzl, King of the Jews: A Psychoanalytic Biography of Theodore Herzl. New York, NY: University Press of America, 1993.

Herman, Louis J. Herzl as I Remember Him. New York, NY: Herzl Press, 1959.

Kornberg, Jacques. Theodore Herzl: From Assimilation to Zionism. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana University Press, 1993.

Lewisohn, Ludwig. Theodor Herzl: A Portrait for this Age. New York, NY: World, 1955.

Schoeps, Julius H. Theodor Herzl and the Zionist Dream. London: Thams and Hudson, 1997.

Ze’ev Jabotinsky (October 18, 1880-August 4, 1940)

Ben-Hur, Raphaella Bilski. Every Individual a King: The Social and Political Thought of Ze’v Vladimir Jabotinsky. Washington, DC: B’nai B’rith Books, 1993.

Brenner, Lenni. The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir. London: Zed, 1984.

Giloni, Moshe. Ze’ev Jabotinsky: Soldier, Statesman, Man of Vision. New York, NY: Jewish National Fund, 1974.

*Halkin, Hillel. Jabotinsky: A Life. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

Horowitz, Brian and Leonid Katsis (eds.) Vladimir Jabotinsky’s Story of My Life. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2016.

Jabotinsky, Vladimir. The Jewish War Front. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1975.

Katz, Shmuel. Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky. New York, NY: Barricade Books Incorporated, 1996.

Nedava, Joseph. Vladimir Jabotinsky: The Man and His Struggles. Tel Aviv: Jabotinsky Institute of Israel, 1986.

Schechtman, Joseph B. The Life and Times of Vladimir Jabotinsky: Fighter and Prophet, the Last Years. Silver Spring, MD: Eshel Books, 1986.

Schechtman, Joseph B. Rebel and Statesman; the Vladimir Jabotinsky Story. New York, NY: Thomas Yoseloff, 1956.

Kaplan, Eran. “A Rebel with a Cause: Hillel Kook, Begin, and Jabotinsky’s Ideological Legacy.” Legal Studies 10, no. 3 (2005): 87-103.

Narrowe, Morton H. “Jabotinsky and the Zionists in Stockholm, 1915,” Jewish Social Studies 46, no. 1 (1984): 9 -20.

Scherr, Barry P. “An Odessa Odyssey: Vladimir Jabotinsky’s The Five,” Slavic Review 70 no. 1 (2011): 94-115.

Simon, John. “Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky: Fighter, Visionary, Zionist,” Jewish Affairs 64, no. 3 (2009): 23-28.

Zouplna, Jan. “The evolution of a concept: The relationship between state and religion in the thought of Vladimir Jabotinsky, 1919–1940,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 4, no. 1 (2005): 13-31.

Berl Katznelson (January 25, 1887- August 13, 1944)

*Shapira, Anita. Berl: The Biography of a Socialist Zionist: Berl Katznelson 1887-1944. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Zvi Kalischer (March 24, 1795-October 16, 1874)

Raymond Goldwater. Pioneers of Religious Zionism: Rabbis Alkalai, Kalischer, Mohliver, Reines and Maimon. Jerusalem: Urim Publications, 2009.

Rav Kook (September 8, 1865-September 1, 1935)

*Mirsky, Yehuda. Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2014.

*Polonski, Pinchas. Religious Zionism of Rav Kook. Seattle, WA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2016.

*Raz, Simcha. An Angel Among Men: Impressions from the Life of Rav Avraham Yitzhak Hakohen Kook zt’’l. Translated by: Moshe D. Lichtman. Jerusalem: Kol Mevaser, 2003.

*Ish-Shalom, Benjamin. Rav Avraham Itzhak HaCohen Kook: Between Rationalism and Mysticism. New York, NY: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Max Nordau (July 29, 1849-January 23, 1923)

*Nordau, Anna and Max Nordau. Max Nordau: A Biography. New York, NY: The Nordau Committee, 1943.

Nordau, Max. Degeneration. New York, NY: D. Appleton, 1985.

Aschheim, Steven E. “Max Nordau, Friedrich Nietzsche and `Degeneration’,” Journal of Contemporary History 28, no. 4 (1993): 643 – 657.

Baldwin, PM. “Liberalism, Nationalism, and Degeneration: The Case of Max Nordau,” Central European History 13, no. 2 (1980): 99-120.

Burgers, Johannes Hendrikus. “Max Nordau, Madison Grant, and Racialized Theories of Ideology,” Journal of the History of Idea 72, no. 1 (2011): 119-140.

Geller, Jay. “The Conventional Lies and Paradoxes of Jewish Assimilation: Max Nordau’s Pre-Zionist Answer to the Jewish Question,” Jewish Social Studies 1, no. 3 (1995): 129-160.

Mosse, George L. “Max Nordau, liberalism and the new Jew,” Journal of Contemporary History 27, no. 4 (1992): 565-581.

Todd, Samuel Presner. “’Clear Heads, Solid Stomachs, and Hard Muscles’: Max Nordau and the Aesthetics of Jewish Regeneration,” Modernism/Modernity 10, no. 2 (2003): 269-296.

Abba Hillel Silver (January 28, 1893-November 28, 1963)

Raphael, Marc L. Abba Hillel Silver: A Profile in American Judaism. Teaneck, NJ: Holmes and Meier Publishing, 1989.

Wolfe, Leon L. Abba Hillel Silver: Spokesman for Zion. New York, NY: Jewish National Fund, 1974.

Shiff, Ofer. The Downfall of Abba Hillel Silver and the Foundation of Israel. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2014.