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No Room for Small Dreams: The Decisions That Made Israel Great

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Shimon Peres, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the towering figures of the twentieth century, caps his legacy with this final book, completed shortly before his death—a majestic, intimate, and personal exploration of modern Israel’s history and values that provides invaluable insights for its future.

In 1934, eleven-year-old Shimon Peres arrived in Palestine from
Published September 12th 2017 by HarperAudio
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It's Shimon Peres telling you his life and his dreams and ambitions. It's also hard to tell if that is all.

It taught me some things and I thought the earlier ancestor stories and those 1938-58 years in that kibbutz young people's unit/ school and his earlier working years was outstanding to read. And how he got so involved in the Zionist moment. But later with time sequences rather flip-flop style and some skipping and lots of name dropping and aside /tangent material to changes in his basic "t
Yash Sharma
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The land Of Risk Takers : ISRAEL

Dream, Dream, Dream

Dreams transform into thoughts

And thoughts result in action.

- APJ Abdul Kalam

No room for small dreams, courage, imagination and the making of modern Israel, is the autobiography of Shimon Peres, and he was the former, President, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, and also one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel.

For more information You can visit - https://dontbignorant
Ajay Singh
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ben Gurion once said,'In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles'. No one has put this maxim to practice to a greater effect than Shimon Peres. This book is a treasure trove of wisdom and leadership lessons narrated by one of the founding fathers and tallest leaders of Israel. The parallel between his life and the life of his young nation was best described by Prime Minister Banjamin Netanyahu when, on Peres' death he remarked in September 2016,'Today is the first day in t ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not so much a memoir as a greatest hits of his life at key moments in the history of the state of Israel, it was and interesting and quick read, but not sure it is the best introduction to his life...he skims over much and simplifies, and he doesn't use this book to wrestle with or speak to what I consider the central moral questions of Israel's relations with the Palestinians, nor, beyond an eloquent assertion of hope vs despair does he address the tragedy of the failure of Oslo and Israel's tu ...more
Karen Alkalay-Gut
If there is any book i would wish my grandchildren to read, it's this one. It has the kind of realistic optimism that makes it possible to face events that cannot be controlled, and the kind of morality that makes it necessary to take responsibility and try to mediate and reverse their direction. A man who convinces you that it is imperative to endeavor to bring about a better future for everyone, he inspired me on every page.
Anurag Mishra
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a good experience and every new chapter was a new perspective. The narration was not old school where a timeline was followed . It was based on issue by issue . The author has not revealed much about the Dimona in his book but his way of potrayal is excellent.
There are some shades of narcissism (which is inevitable I believe) but the way the author has shown his pride for a country is what true nationalism is. There are some very encouraging and eye-catchy lines written to make it a perf
William Moses Jr.
I decided to read this book because someone, who's opinion I respect, told me it's worth reading. To be clear, the context was that if I ever decided to become a professor in a relatively young department and decided to help it grow, this book was worth the time. After reading this book, I agree.

So, now that you know that I went in looking for leadership lessons and not history lessons about Israel or Shimon Peres himself, let's get into why I found this book awesome. First off, Shimon Peres was
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shimon Peres reflects back on a lifetime of service and leadership to Israel. Great memoir that describes his childhood, his work as an up-and-coming leader in pre-state Israel, being mentored by Ben Gurion. His reflections on Israel building a nuclear reactor and his role in it are profound. The book shows him late in his career, leading Israel towards a peace process fraught with obstacles, taking over as Prime Minister when PM Rabin is murdered, and leading in building Israel as an innovator.
Ivan Ang
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shimon Peres was a dreamer. He had the courage to pursue his dreams for Israel, despite constant opposition and backlash from his detractors. Signs of a true visionary who was determined to create peace within the region.

Peres strongly believes that peace between nations is inevitable, out of necessity rather than out of love. He had incredible foresight, pioneering many initiatives: the IDF, the strategy of nuclear ambiguity, multiple peace agreements between its neighbouring Arab nations, Isra
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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great man. indeed
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, history
Surprising and inspiring story of the making of Israel through the eyes of one of its key, formative statesmen. The historical events that Peres illuminates from his position as one of their planners and shapers, are fascinating. And that history is a powerful corrective to today's rampant anti-Israeli and, frankly, anti-Semitic, rhetoric, reminding us that Israel's proposals for a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians have been repeatedly rebuffed by a people who wanted no so ...more
Mannie Liscum
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shimon Peres’ “No Room for Small Dreams” is a truly gripping autobiography of a founding father of the state of Israel, and brief history of Israel itself. Peres is a talented writer who lived these experiences, experiences that gave life and stability to a new country; a country for an ancient people who had been exiled from their homeland for 2000 years - stateless until 1948 as a people, despite enduring Faith and culture. Quite independent of one’s own personal history (ethnicity, Faith or c ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biogrophy
Many people live history but very few shape history and especially shape the history of there people and countries. This is what Shimon Peres has done he has shaped history he had the vision to see into the future of Israel form a very poor country with enemies on all sides wanting it destroyed. With only very few arms when it became a nation to now being one of the best militaries in the world. Form wars to looking for peace with its neighbours. Which some inside Israel and especially without d ...more
Ryan Croke
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an inspiration this story is and this man was. I could not put this down once I started reading it. The abundance of unbelievable tales he tells is almost overwhelming. I think opponents of his worldview would do themselves some good by reading this. He is heroic in his ability to change his mind; moving from a socialist to a capitalist; building Israel into a military state in order to enact peace; and allowing for the passage of the old guard and the embrace of the new. If I can be 1/100 ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jewish, biography, history
The recounting of Shimon Peres’ life is a snapshot history of Israel. He never failed to think out of the box and thanks to him, Israel got its air force and air industry, obtained its nuclear reactor in Dimona, had the guts to stage the successful raid on Entebbe, began its successful foray into high tech, and negotiated the Oslo agreement. His success is primarily due to his early adoption by his mentor, Ben Gurion who along with Peres was an optimist but also a realist. The book is exceptiona ...more
Kara Durgin
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, but was not surprised given it was recommended by a friend. I didn't know that Israel was such a young country and I loved reading about it's onset and challenges through the eyes of one of its most influential figures. Simon Peres was an amazing person who was willing to do what was best, big picture, for the people in his country and the leadership nuggets he shares throughout are applicable to all those who want to make the most of this life. Inspiring!
Alex Golub
This book moves quickly through Peres's life, beginning with his youth and immigration to Mandatory Palestine. It then moves through a series of successes that Peres achieved in his life ("the decisions that made Israel great"): the founding of Israel, the establishment of a nuclear program, Operation Entebbe, the privatization of the Israeli economy and the growth of tech startups, and the Oslo accords. The book is clearly written and vividly describes important and heart-wrenching scenes. Beca ...more
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Memoirs tend to tell one side of a complex story, but I though Shimon Peres here tells the story with balance, and in a readable format (both for style and length), and includes enough interesting detail to make the book interesting. I finished it in a day given the insights he offers, so of which I will list below:

- In order to get planes out of the U.S. (in violation of U.S. export restrictions), Peres and his U.S. backers set up a film company and claimed that the planes were taking off to fi
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book takes you through the journey of Israel from it's formation, to becoming a military power to innovation hub/startup nation. Shimon peres has witnessed the journey of Israel from it's birth to current state and was a significant contributor in the journey. He talks about how Ben Gurion spotted him and how he was given some key strategic responsibilities. Book takes you through is journey of strengthening the military capabilities of Israel to protect the country from Arab countries, how ...more
Officially honest dishonesty

I thought of the title for this review after reading the Dimona chapter. I mean, even after Mordechai Vanunu spilled ALL the beans, or as much as he could about the reality of Israel having nukes, Peres can still stand there and say "nuclear ambiguity."

From a US perspective, sadly (but not surprisingly), Barack Obama rewarded this by giving a nuclear proliferator the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

And, Peres, besides not even mentioning Vanunu's name, "overlooks" that
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was very impressed and inspired by this optimistic person who dared dreaming (and making a reality) some really big dreams. Without him, among other things, there wouldn't be a nuclear reactor in Dimona, a well founded Rafael, Operation Entebbe and probably, as well, such a thriving technological sector in Israel. While fighting for making Israel militarily strong when it had to be, he then diverted his main efforts, against all odds and opinions, into launching peace negotiations with Egypt, ...more
Ethan Liew
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some learning points:

-Some risks are unavoidable

-Courage, tenacious faith and grit is needed for leaders of tomorrow.

-Optimism is not synonymous to Naivety. The formal is a necessity for a realist.

-Embrace negotiations. The road to leadership is often wrought with obstacles.

-The unconscious faith in one's ability to shape the future with his own hands is important for innovation.

-Keep learning, especially from experts.

-A right decision may lead to failures and should not be judged on solely th
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, autobiography
A breezy history of Israel as seen through the eyes and life of one of its leaders, Shimon Peres. The book starts in Poland when Peres is barely 11 and about to depart for Palestine and is concluded shortly before he died in Israel in 2016. His arrival in Palestine and participation in the early kibbutz movement allowed him to meet Ben Gurion and become active in the Zionist movement, from which his life’s work would emanate. Much of the detail of famous periods is missing but the broad strokes ...more
Malachi Antal
a whitewashed history; dimona and, entebbe, are standalone chapters.

the French connection is mentioned in passing..

lord moyne's-; count folke bernadotte's-assassination and; king david hotel bombing, unsurprisingly might'n't've been swept under the rug, or premise of book, final judgement, by michael collins piper, portraiture of ben-gurion, (lionized by shimon peres), as co-conspirator in 22 November 1963 coup d'état speak volumes
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
a very inspirational and concise autobiography of a controversial leader , i must admit even though i consider peres as an advocate and a designer of occupation , apartheid and the killing of innocent palestinians , yet the man is a giant, a real leader, simply what i wished the arab leaders were in terms of hard-work , creativity and imagination ,,
overall , a nice read
Michael Brennan
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Great historical review of Israel last 70yrs

Inspirational account of shimon Peres life. Left vishneva as a child to live in th fledging state of Israel. part of the big decisions occurred over last 70yrs. Partition 1948, Arab-Israeli war 1949, 6 day war 1967, entebbe 1976, Oslo peace accord 1992. A great satesman and leader.
William Lee
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
No Room for Small Dreams is one of the best books I have ever read. It is about Israel President who led Israel to a success by making a moral decisions. It is a non-fiction book that can guide the readers to a better path. One of the lessons from the book was that people should be brave enough to jump into the decision that they will make. There should be no hesitation. Dream with confidence.
Dr. Steve and Betsy Pollock
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. He writes deftly about the power of hopes and dreams to make a better outcome. He offers sage leadership advice about the value of collaboration and peaceful actions, but he does not shy away from describing his role in defending Israel through military strength. Reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt- Walk softly but carry a big stick.
Minh Long
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book!
Shimon detaily told about his life story, how he dreamt the dreams, and how he dared to do. At some points people declined his suggestions, but still he proved them wrong and continued. Dreams that Israeli dream in years, Shimon made it true.
4.5/5, since the book does not cover Shimon's life totally, but still every chapter is a lesson.
Vitalii Mainarovych
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the man who apparently left considerable legacy to his beloved state of Israel following 70 years of his public service.

This book is full of wisdom & personal experience of one of the key creators & promoters of Israel.

This book will be interesting to anyone who wants to understand better how Israel was created & built upon.
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Shimon Peres ( Hebrew: שמעון פרס‎‎; born Szymon Perski; August 2, 1923 – September 28, 2016) was a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He was the ninth President of Israel, serving from 2007 to 2014. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and he was a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in ...more

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