For many in Israel and elsewhere, Benjamin Netanyahu is anathema, an embarrassment; yet he continues to dominate Israeli public life. How can we explain his rise, his hold on Israeli politics, and his outsized role on the world’s stage? Simon Schama states, ‘This is a page-turning biography of Benjamin Netanyahu that is scrupulously fair to his formidable political strengths yet unsparing of his multitude of flaws….Most of all, perhaps, it’s a vivid portrait of Israeli politics over the seventy years of its existence — all it has been and everything it is now.’
Anshel Pfeffer is senior correspondent for Haaretz and Israel correspondent for The Economist. He will be in conversation with Jonathan Freedland.