A real Renaissance man, Dr. Michael Bar-Zohar is a writer, legislator, soldier, speaker and globe-trotting reporter.
The author of more than 30 books of fiction and non-fiction, Bar-Zohar was a Member of the Knesset [The Israeli Parliament], an adviser to General Moshe Dayan, and an envoy to the Council of Europe. As a writer, he followed the tracks of Nazi criminals in South America, exposed the notorious “L’Oreal “ Affair in France, interviewed headhunters in New Guinea and wrote about “Papillon”’s prisons in French Guyana and Devil’s Island. He published exclusive information about the Soviet, American and Israeli Secret Services, revealed ” the most extraordinary spy story of World War Two” and described the hunt for the terrorists who massacred the Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.
As a paratrooper he fought in four wars, yet staunchly supported the peace initiatives in the Middle East. A friend of Yitzhak Rabin and Ariel Sharon, he is the official biographer of David Ben-Gurion and Shimon Peres.
His books were translated into 18 languages, and his awards include the French Academy award, the Ben-Gurion Prize, the Prime Minister’s Prize and the Sokolov Prize (the Israeli Pulitzer).
One of his novels, Enigma, was made into a star-studded Hollywood movie. He was knighted by France as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. Together with Nissim Mishal he wrote "Mossad - the Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service" (2010), and "IDF – the Great Operations of the Israeli Army" (2013).
His academic career includes teaching at Haifa University and at Emory University in Atlanta. Today he is one of the most popular Israeli speakers in the US and Europe and is frequently interviewed by the major television networks.
An evening with this charismatic speaker is an unforgettable experience.