Killing a King

  • by Dan Ephron
  • Narrated by Assaf Cohen
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A riveting story about the murder that changed a nation: the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin remains the single most consequential event in Israel's recent history and one that fundamentally altered the trajectory for both Israel and the Palestinians. Killing a King relates the parallel stories of Rabin and his stalker, Yigal Amir, over the two years leading up to the assassination, as one of them planned political deals he hoped would lead to peace - and the other plotted murder.
Dan Ephron, who reported from the Middle East for much of the past two decades, covered both the rally where Rabin was killed and the subsequent murder trial. He describes how Rabin, a former general who led the army in the Six Day War of 1967, embraced his nemesis, Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, and set about trying to resolve the 20th century's most vexing conflict. He recounts in agonizing detail how extremists on both sides undermined the peace process with ghastly violence. And he reconstructs the relentless scheming of Amir, a 25-year-old law student and Jewish extremist who believed that Rabin's peace effort amounted to a betrayal of Israel and the Jewish people.
As Amir stalked Rabin over many months, the agency charged with safeguarding the Israeli leader missed key clues, overlooked intelligence reports, and then failed to protect him at the critical moment, in November 1995. It was the biggest security blunder in the agency's history.
Through the prism of the assassination, much about Israel today comes into focus, from the paralysis in peacemaking to the fraught relationship between current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama. Based on Israeli police reports, interviews, confessions, and the cooperation of both Rabin's and Amir's families, Killing a King is a tightly coiled narrative that reaches an inevitable, shattering conclusion. One can't help but wonder what Israel would look like today had Rabin lived.

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Tragic history well presented.

I want to focus on the narration. It is a real pleasure to listen to Assaf Cohen's excellent reading. He is clearly a fluent speaker of Hebrew whose pronunciations are smooth, accurate and beautiful. I find many Audiobooks on Jewish and Israel related topics rendered unlistenable by otherwise competent readers who massacre the Hebrew words in the books. I have often wondered why competent readers were not insisted upon by publishers and authors. I hope to hear Mr. Cohen's narrations again and I hope his choice represents a commitment to accuracy in narration.
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- Mmday

Stunning narrative

Dan Ephron was the Jerusalem Bureau Chief for Newsweek magazine. Ephron did intensive research for this book. He searched through court records, obtained confessional material, conducted family interviews, and dissected police reports in order to piece together the story. The book narrows in on the rally during which Rabin was killed, and then shifts its focus to the murder trial of the assassin.

Ephron traces the parallel stories of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and his assassin Yigal Amir for the two years leading up to the assassination in 1995. Ephron examines the two men’s thoughts and actions placing them within the context of the anti-government rhetoric of the Israeli religious rightwing. Ephron shows how the assassination, with its far-reaching political repercussions, found a turning point for Israel, derailing the delicate peace process that had been in place.

Ephron attempts to interpret the lessons learned from the dissolution of the peace talks and speculates about how the Middle East might look today if Rabin had not been assassinated. I enjoyed the forensic drama at the end of the book regarding the mysterious hole in Rabin shirt. The book provides the reader with a better understanding of the political situation in Israel. Assaf Cohen does a good job narrating the book.
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- Jean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-30-2015
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.