Sarah Irving’s Leila Khaled: Icon of Palestinian Liberation (Pluto, 2012) is the most recent title in the Revolutionary Lives series, which explores some of the most exciting, influential and controversial figures in global politics.
Riya Mary Al’Sanah has written a wonderful review of the book in the Socialist Review, in which she “puts the politics back into a figure too often reduced to the phrase ‘the poster girl of Palestinian militancy'” – an accolade Al’Sanah confers upon Irving’s book herself.
This short and powerful biography sheds light on a freedom fighter who played an important role, symbolically and politically, in the continuing Palestinian liberation struggle. It also provides a great starting point for those who are interested in internal Palestinian politics and the development of the Palestinian political movement, and for those who seek to understand the issue through the eyes of a Palestinian freedom fighter.
For the full review, as well as to explore the back-issues of this great magazine, follow the link to the Socialist Review here.
Icon of Palestinian Liberation
Compelling biography of a legendary Palestinian resistance fighter. From refugee camp to international infamy.
“Sarah Irving provides a fine portrayal of a compelling and mysterious figure from a tumultuous period in Palestinian history, mixing biography and historical critique to deliver a valuable insight into Leila Khaled’s character as well as her extraordinary appeal as a revolutionary icon.” – Nicholas Blincoe, Novelist and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement