Based on hundreds of interviews with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials, including Arafat himself, this book examines his once triumphant transition from terrorist to statesman, and his subsequent marginalization following the tragic collapse of the Oslo Peace Accords. This book examines the charge that the bitter personal blood feud between Arafat and Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is itself a major obstacle to peace in the Middle East. It separates Arafat the man from Arafat the myth, and offers insight into the international and intelligence links, and the internal machinery, of the Palestinian regime.
Andrew Gowers joined the FT from Reuters in 1983 and is now its Editor. Tony Walker has been Middle-East Correspondent for the FT, and Defence and Diplomatic Correspondent for the Melbourne Age.