160 | and publication of documents on the story of Berenyu, a son of Yisrael of Ruzhin who tried to "resign" as tsaddik and leave the Hasidic fold, and the subsequent feud between Sanz and Sadigura Hasidism that rent Hasidic society in Galicia for years; and, together with a gallery of colleagues, the writing of a new, comprehensive history of the Hasidic movement. We await them both with great anticipation. Gershon Bacon Bar-Ilan University david Ben-guRion and The Jewish Renaissance, by Shlomo Aronson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 476 pp. Historians of the past decades have looked at the legacy of David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, in a less than flattering key: a utopianist turned statesman, a ruthless leader and, at times, tyrannical pragmatist, whose political failures--and successes--have frequently been interpreted as seeds of contemporary conflict. In his recent book, Shlomo Aronson, an eminent Israeli historian, whose previous scholarship includes important works on the history of Nazi Germany and on the politics of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, turns to the figure of Ben-Gurion to offer a thoughtful and richly nuanced reassessment, even "rehabilitation," of his leadership. Ben-Gurion, Aronson argues from the start, was no ordinary
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