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Aburish shows how, before he became corrupted by power, Arafat was a heroic freedom fighter who kept the hopes of his people alive. Now he is out of touch with reality, and his personal ambitions and rejection of democratic principles have reduced him to the status of just another middle eastern dictator. Originally published in 1998.
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Sometime leader of both Fatah and the PLO and currently president of the Gaza-based Palestine Authority, Yasser Arafat is bitterly criticized in this radical Arab biography. He is accused not only of having, allegedly, caving in to Israeli pressure over Gaza, but also of having turned the authority into a ruthless and corrupt personal dictatorship and, back in his PLO days, engaging in secret negotiations with the CIA over the future of Palestine. (Kirkus UK)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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