Israeli president, former prime minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres is one of the great statesmen of the modern world. Peres is also a fascinating, complex man: a brilliant intellectual who is entirely at home in the corridors of power, an individual revered by the world and yet highly controversial in his own country, at once a hero and a figure of tragedy. Listen as Shimon Peres sits down with his official biographer, Michael Bar-Zohar.Bar-Zohar is the award-winning author of 30 fiction and nonfiction books. Ben-Gurion, his definitive portrait of Israel's founder, has been translated into 14 languages. He has been active in Israel's political life and has known Shimon Peres since 1961.
This conversation between Shimon Peres, ninth president of Israel, and Michael Bar-Zohar, his Israeli biographer, took place about five months before Peres assumed the presidency, in July 2007. The men clearly have a strong rapport (as well as beautiful Hebrew accents) and the program flows effortlessly as the author and statesman discuss the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Peres' love for his wife, living on the kibbutz, and poetry. Though it embraces people of all faiths, the 92nd Street Y is landmark Jewish cultural institution, and these men are warmly embraced by the live audience, who ask them well-informed questions at the end of the formal program.
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