Begin biographer Eric Silver dead at 73


Eric Silver, who wrote an acclaimed biography of Menachem Begin, died at the age of 73.

The veteran Middle East journalist died early Wednesday morning while undergoing cancer treatment.

Silver, a native of Leeds, England, in 1967 covered the aftermath of the Six-Day War for the The Guardian of London after working his way up from copy editor. Five years later he returned to Israel as a correspondent for The Guardian and The Observer.

Instead of accepting reassignment after a three-year stint in India, Silver in 1987 resigned from The Guardian to settle in Jerusalem.

He wrote the first extensive biography of Menachem Begin, “Begin: The Haunted Prophet,” which was published in 1984.

In Israel, Silver worked as a freelance writer for The Independent, Time, Maclean’s Magazine, The Statesman of India, The Jewish Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report and the Jerusalem Post.





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