Behind the Myth
Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Revolution
Andrew Gowers and Tony Walker
6 1/2" x 9 1/2" • 407 pages • b&w photos, maps
ISBN 9780940793866 • hardback • $24.95 •
Behind the Myth is and inside account of one of the most controversial national movements of the modern era: of its origins, its armed struggle against Israel, its gradual shift from violence to diplomacy, and the many pitfalls along the way. Based on hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with senior PLO figures, including Arafat, as well as senior American, Arab, Israeli and European officials, it is a comprehensive portrait of the evolution of the Palestinian resistance from its earliest days as an unruly and little noticed collection of guerrilla factions, through its rise to international prominence, right up to the position following the Gulf War and the historic
Madrid Peace Conference of 1991.
It is the story of internecine strife and external conflict; of weakness and over-confidence; of mistakes and miscalculations; and of many lost opportunities for peace. But it is above all the story of of the dream that Arafat has done more than anyone to sustain in the face of daunting odds: the idea that Palestinian people should have the right to determine their own future. He rallied a scattered people in their so far forlorn quest for homeland; bounced back after countless political setbacks and crushing military defeats; and secured widespread international recognition - all without liberating a single inch of territory.
Behind the Myth explores the many different roles that Arafat played during his nearly 40-year career as Palestinian activist, from shadowy terrorist to diplomat in search of a settlement with Israel.
Olive Branch Press
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