Generations of politicians have come and gone but Arafat has outlasted them all. He has always survived but he has never achieved his goals. This biography which covers the main events and dominant leaders of the Middle East, is a detailed and analytical account that follows Arafat as he moves to Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and finally to Palestine ruled soil. It shows him as he rewrites his own origins, exeriments with guerrilla war, develops a doctrine of terrorism and builds a movement, constantly juggling states, factions and world leaders. While there has been no substitute for Arafat, the authors conclude, Arafat has been no substitute for a leader who could make peace.
Barry Rubin is Director of the Global and International Affairs Centre and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs. His books include Anti-American Terrorism and the Middle East. Judith Rubin covers Middle Eastern Affairs for several newspapers.