CUSTOM HOUSE TO PUBLISH NEW BOOK BY THE LATE SHIMON PERES, LEGENDARY ISRAELI STATESMAN AND NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER
Custom House, a line of books from William Morrow/HarperCollins, announced today that it will publish the late Shimon Peres’s NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS on April 4, 2017. The book, which the former President and two-time Prime Minster of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize winner had been working on for the past two years, draws upon extensive research and his own experiences to explore the turning points in Israel’s history and the nature of Israeli character. Geoff Shandler, Editorial Director of Custom House, had begun private discussions with Peres in 2014 and acquired the book from the Robin Straus Agency and Andrew Nurnberg Associates in early 2016. Peres finished his work on the book several weeks before his passing.
Peres, who arrived in Palestine as an eleven year old in 1934, was one of Israel’s most important founding fathers. Over the course of six decades, he served twice as Israel’s Prime Minister, and held every senior cabinet position, including Foreign Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Finance. As the capstone to his career, Peres served seven years as the ninth President of the state he helped build. He was widely seen a global leader and inspiration, evidenced not only in his winning the Nobel Peace Prize but through his ongoing leadership of the Peres Center for Peace. His experience of being at the center of Israel’s ascent—in particular, his role again and again as a crucial decision maker–gave him the unique authority to write a book looking at key events as a way to understand Israel’s past and its future challenges. From Israel’s War of Independence to the present day, from the revival of Jewish life and the birth of a nation after the Holocaust, from the creation of Israel’s military to inside accounts of secret negotiations, from establishing Israel’s nuclear program to launching the country’s astonishing high tech industry, from financial crisis to economic triumph, NO ROOM FOR SMALL DREAMS spans decades. But the book is more than an intimate, personal history of Israel’s rise. In this, his final testimonial to the world, Peres provocatively meditates on what makes for a great leader, how to make hard choices in a climate of uncertainty and distress, the challenge of making peace, the obligations and opportunities the next generation must embrace, and the liberating power of imagination. His wisdom is deep and universal, meant for all around the world who seek a better life for themselves and their communities.
Said Shandler, “Shimon Peres was not only a giant in Israel’s history, but a giant in world history, period. A great man of peace, protection and prosperity, this book is the final gift of a man of unequaled generosity.”
Or Kornhauser, an advisor to Peres, said, “President Peres wanted to tell the remarkable story of the State of Israel, and through the journey of a rising nation, teach the young generation to dream, to dare, and to make hard decisions. Shimon Peres believed that so long as one refuses to accept reality as it is, there are no dreams too big. Through his eyes and in his words, he teaches us to break through barriers and become the change we wish to see in the world. This book was so dear to President Peres. I know he would have been so happy to see it published. We too are consoled to know that it will be read and enjoyed, as the writing of it was so close to his heart.
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