Book Review: Heaven and Hell by Yair Dori

Title: Heaven and Hell: An Inspirational Biography of a Man’s Victory Against All Odds

Author: Yair Dori

Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Autobiography, Memoir

Rating: 5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Yair’s heroic life story will inspire and transform you!

Yair’s generation suffered the Holocaust, and his story merges with that of the State of Israel. This autobiography is the living record of a generation, crisscrossed by the personal history of a family and the most intimate fibers of Yair’s being. It is an exemplary human response to dire straits. The recurrent theme “Run, Yair, run!” is repeated throughout the book.

Run with Yair as he confronts the unspeakable and emerges triumphant

And yes, Yair Dori ran! He kept on running with indefatigable spirit for the innocent victims of the Holocaust, the dreams of his suffering people, to maintain dignity in the worst conditions, and to overcome his near-fatal physical and emotional injuries. As Yair confronted his own mortality in an Egyptian prison, garnering the strength to grapple with the most atrocious circumstances, he remembered his father’s words: “Be worthy of your life and your death.” Yair’s response: “Heaven and Hell – I regret nothing!”.

In this autobiography, Heaven and Hell, Yair Dori describes his life as he was born in Argentina and then immigrated to Israel, believing that to be the only nation where his people, the Jewish people, could truly live freely and securely. He was then drafted into the Israeli army and served in an elite infantry brigade.

In 1970, in a bloody battle with Egyptian forces, Yair was injured severely and captured by the enemy. Spending 10 months in captivity in Egypt, he went through a harrowing ordeal. His right hand was amputated, he was left blinded in his left eye. Eventually, he managed to return to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange agreement. Yet, Yair did not lose spirit. Despite the hardships, he stayd strong – he studied philosophy, got married, had children.

This is an inspiring memoir about never giving up, about looking fear in the eye and overcoming it. Yair is a strong person, and it shows through every page of this book. The writing is sublime, pulling the reader in from the first page. The story is at time harrowing, at times heart-warming, but always inspiring.

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