This matter-of-fact biography paints a realistic, yet sympathetic, portrait of a complicated woman, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. As a reluctant mother and masterful politician, Golda wrestled with the practical consequences caused by conflicts between ideology and practice in her personal life and her political career. Burkett shows this struggle in both positive and negative light, exploring how Golda’s socialist ideals influenced her relationships with family, friends, and colleagues around the world, for better and, often, for worse.
Nevertheless, Golda’s journey, from poverty in Russia to possibility in the United States, to difficulty in Palestine under the British Mandate and ultimately to the pinnacle of leadership in the State of Israel, is nothing short of amazing. Burkett fortunately does a wonderful job keeping the heroine alive, yet grounded in the realities of the 20th century.
Golda offers well-researched analysis on many topics: the development and maturation of Israeli politics, Israeli history from pre-state Israel to the State as a major player on the world stage, the relationship between Israel and the United States, gender studies, and the immigrant experience. With its breadth and depth, this book will certainly fascinate any well-rounded reader of Jewish history. Bibliography, notes.