In this meticulously researched and iconoclastic work, the internationally respected Palestinian analyst and writer Said K
Aburish turns the current Western perception of Arafat upside-down and presents a re-examination of the leader`s life. Judged by how the West now views him, Arafat has undergone one of the fastest transformations of any public figure in recorded history. In a mere four years he has moved from rejected terrorist to Nobel Peace Prize winner and respected international statesman. As a son of Palestine himself, Aburish questions the leader`s methods, motives and effectiveness. As well, he addresses the mysteries of Arafat`s public and personal life and speculates about the future leadership of the Palestinians.