Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky (Book Two)

Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky (Book Two)

by Shmuel Katz

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Shmuel Katz�s detailed and comprehensive biography of Vladimir Jabotinsky (1880�1940) is an unabashedly partisan defense of one of the most complex Zionists of the early 20th century. Jabotinsky was a Russian poet, playwright, journalist, and novelist as well as the founder of Revisionist Zionism and of Betar. His oratory in many languages was legendary. Katz first heard him speak in South Africa in the early part of the 20th century and was so impressed that he dropped out of university to work for Revisionist Zionism.

Katz recounts Jabotinsky�s efforts to create the Jewish Legion during World War I, traces the history of Jewish relations with the British during the time of the Palestine Mandate, describes Jabotinsky�s role in the defense of the Jewish Yishuv and in organizing the Af-Al-Pi �illegal� Jewish immigration to Palestine before World War II. He paints a vivid mural of competing Jewish personalities, factions and ideologies in the decades before the establishment of Israel.

�Shmuel Katz has written an intelligent, journalistic account of Jabotinsky�s life [�] and was able to use a substantial amount of previously unavailable material, particularly British archival documents. Although Katz clearly has tremendous respect and affection for Jabotinsky, he does not hesitate to criticize him, for example, for his ineffectiveness as a fundraiser [...] Lone Wolf�s greatest strength is its comprehensive breadth. Every major event and many minor incidents are extensively covered. Furthermore, Katz has taken the rather unorthodox move of including verbatim large sections of Jabotinsky�s original speeches and writings.� � Paul Radensky, H-Net

�[S]cholarly and yet totally gripping... we must be everlastingly grateful [...] to Shmuel Katz for so masterfully giving [Jabotinsky�s] memory fresh life... this [book] � quiet, calm, and, while certainly partisan, without a single shrill note � may one day help to direct the course of Israel�s seemingly endless argument with itself.� � Midge Decter, Commentary Magazine

�Dr. Katz's monumental and superb biography is a balanced, detailed story of a lion and not a wolf. (Ze'ev in Hebrew means a wolf and this is the reason why the title is Lone Wolf)� � Jewish Post

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150346048
Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press
Publication date: 09/23/2014
Series: Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 944
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Shmuel Katz (1914-2008) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At age 15, he enrolled in Witwatersrand University where he heard Ze�ev Jabotinsky speak and became a member of the Zionist Betar movement. He translated Jabotinsky�s The Story of the Jewish Legion from Yiddish to English when he was 16 and dropped out of university to work for Revisionist Zionism. In 1936, he emigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine, where he became part of the Irgun. Jabotinsky dispatched him to London in 1939 to speak, raise funds, and establish the revisionist publication The Jewish Standard which he edited during the Second World War. In 1946, Katz returned to Palestine to rejoin the leadership of the Irgun under Menachem Begin and in 1948, he was elected to the first Knesset as a member of Begin�s Herut Party but left after a single term to work in publishing. His books include Lone Wolf: A Biography of Vladimir (Ze�ev) Jabotinsky, Battleground: Fact & Fantasy in Palestine, Days of Fire: The Secret Story of the Making of Israel, The Hollow Peace and The Aaronsohn Saga. Katz was a founding member of the Movement For Greater Israel.

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