won 2W9 151V0a 2E2. urion
of B-G Due on 85th Birthday
Robert St. John, the distin-
guished author of 18 books.—his
19th is planned to be a biography
of Abba Eban—rendered valuable
contributions to the knowledge
about men and events in Israel
and Jewry with his bookS on per-
sonalities and Judaism. Several
biographies have been especially
meritorious and outstanding, among
them was his "Ben-Gurion," pub-
lished in 1959.
His publishers, Doubleday and
Co., have just reissued St. John's
"Ben-Gurion" in a new edition
which contains sufficiently im-
portant addenda to give the re-
vised volume added importance.
There is an index in the new
edition—and that in itself provides
the biography with a guide n to the
contents that becomes valuable
to students and researchers. Then
there are added facts providing
briefly information regarding the
last 12 years in the life of B-G.
The added two brief chapters
describe Ben-Gurion's role in
making possible the capture of
Adolf Eichmann; tell about the
Eichmann trial and the stirring
worldwide interest in it.
,, St. John brings the story up to
date by relating "The Affair"-
-by making reference to the Lavon
,.,Numerous experiences in the
life of B-G are related in this new
edition, while the conflicts in
B-G's life — controversies with
r 'n:1Golda Meir (this one has just been.
t:::•.•:!..Isted) and Moshe Sharett are
But in general the
,::graphY by St. John is a splendid
yjputc to a great leader.
- final few last pages in
- -ikk4Crew edition are devoted to
an interview St. John conducted
with Ben-Gurion at Sde Boker.
The many interesting comments
by B-G indicate again the fas-
cination that attaches to the
venerable architect of the Jewish
There is, for instance, in the
statements St. John quoted from
Ben-Gurion's comments to him the
following in relation to pioneering
workers in Israel:
"Once I saw a Mongol type here.
I didn't know if he was Chinese
or Japanese, so I asked him in
English 'Where are you frorri?'
He answered me in Hebrew: 'I
am Japanese.' I asked him in
Hebrew where he learned Hebrew.
He said: 'I was working one year
in a kibutz near Haifa.‘ Now I
may go back to Japan.' I said:
`Now that you have lived in a Id-
butz and know Hebrew, why don't
you go back and start' a kibbutz
in your own country?' Then he
told me that last year they did
start a Japanese kibutz and it is
growing. Then I found out that
there are many Japanese boys
working on our kibutzim. The
Japanese are superior to the
Americans in many ways. They
are remarkable people. They are
superior to the Americans in many
phases of scientific development."
St. John's skill in narrating hu-
man interest episodes is especial-
ly in evidence in the Ben-Gurion
biography and the new edition will
be found interesting, informative,
and valuable as a research work in
the study of Israel's statehood.
* * *
Ex erts Doubt Golda That Won't Run Again
Golda Meir's announcement, in a that her country still needs her in
recent BBC interview, that she the Premier's office. On the other
would not be a candidate for Pre-
mier after the 1973 elections was
greeted here with polite skepti-
cism by experts on Israel'S politi-
They noted she had retired
twice before but on both occasions
accepted the' . leadership of her
Mapai Party, becoming first its
secretary general and then Israel's
first woman Prime Minister.
With the elections two yers
away, the experts said, there is
History' Due on Birthday
The eye-witness story of the
events leading up to the creation
of the state of Israel and the his-
tory of the country since its estab-
lishment more than two decades
ago, written by David Ben-Gurion,
first prime minister of Israel, will
be published by Funk & Wagnalls
in conjunction with Sabra Books
Ben-Gurion spent many years
compiling the material and writ-
ing the book.
"Israel: a Personal History" will
be published on Ben-Gurion's 85th
The volume recounts hitherto
unknown details on the 1948 War
of Liberation and the 1956 Sinai
hand, it was agreed, the announce-
ment had again raised the issue
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