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The Zionist leader was also a brilliant novelist whose take on the biblical story of Samson is rich with blood and lust. But given the author’s identity, the book, while hugely entertaining, never strays far from political parable. As it draws to its end, the blind and defeated Samson has this advice for the Israelites as they once again face their sworn enemies: “they must get iron; they must choose a king; and they must learn to laugh.”





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