Gidi:One Chasing a Thousand

This biography by Joseph Evron tells the story of Amihai Paglin, a seminal figure in the fight for Israel’s independence. Paglin was better known by his code name-Gidi.Gidi was a commander in the Irgun, which was a rather small underground organization dedicated to freeing Palestine from British rule.

Gidi helped to plan operations aimed at disrupting the British military occupation.  He was also a skilled mechanic and a fearless fighter. Chief among the operations that Gidi planned was the famous bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, which at the time was the headquarters of the British in the Middle East.

Gidi is full of interesting and important information. For me, the best part of this book was the long section on the planning, execution, and aftermath  of the King David operation. Joseph Evron has done an incredible amount of research, and this biography is well-annotated.

Unfortunately, Gidi is not so easy to read, perhaps because it is so densely packed. It may also be that the translation (it was originally written in Hebrew) is not as good as the material deserves. However-I do recommemd this book to anyone who has an interest in learning about the beginnings of the state of Israel.

Many thanks to LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program for sending me this interesting volume.


Published in hardcover-Gefen Publishing-2009

Gidi. One Chasing a Thousand


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