asir Arafat stands as one of the most resilient, recognizable and controversial political figures of modern times.
The object of unrelenting suspicion, steady admiration and endless speculation, Arafat has occupied the center stage of Middle East politics for almost four decades.
Yasir Arafat is the most comprehensive political biography of this remarkable man. Forged in a tumultuous era of competing traditionalism, radicalism, Arab nationalism, and Islamist forces, the Palestinian movement was almost entirely Arafats creation, and he became its leader at an early age.
Arafat took it through a dizzying series of crises and defeats, often of his own making, yet also ensured that it survived, grew, and gained influence.
Disavowing terrorism repeatedly, he also practiced it constantly.