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Memories After My Death

Memories After My Death

The Story of My Father, Joseph "Tommy" Lapid

Yair Lapid

Thomas Dunne Books


From leading political figure and bestselling Hebrew author Yair Lapid comes a mesmerizing portrait of the author's father, one of modern Israel's leading figures.

Memories After My Death is the astonishing true story of Tommy Lapid, a well-loved and controversial Israeli figure who saw the development of the country from all angles over its first sixty years. From seeing his father taken away to a concentration camp to arriving in Tel Aviv at the birth of Israel, Tommy Lapid lived every major incident of Jewish life since the 1930s first-hand.

This sweeping narrative will captivate anyone with an interest in how Israel became what it is today. Tommy Lapid's uniquely unorthodox opinions - he belonged to neither left nor right, was Jewish, but vehemently secular - expose the many contradictions inherent in Israeli life today.


I am writing this book after my death. Most people write nothing after they die, but I am not most people.

Or maybe I am. My biography is so full of contradictions that sometimes I used to think—and not only I—that...

Praise for Memories After My Death

"I was privileged to have known Tommy Lapid. Tommy was a man of spirit and passion. He said exactly what he thought, never hid or bent his own truth. When he regretted something, he said so and did it in his own voice. There were those who only heard Tommy's stringent opinions, they saw him as harsh and strong-willed, they didn't see his warmth and the emotion which burst out from him. His emotion was impossible to control, and he never tried to control it." —Reuven Rivlin, Israeli President

"Lapid's story grips from the first page - both because his was an extraordinary, outsized, important life, and because of this book's unique methodology. An autobiography with a unique extra dimension, then - and thus entirely appropriate for this divisive, loving, restless Israeli who, as his son writes in his name, had no shortage of admirers and detractors, but left nobody those path he crossed indifferent." —David Horovitz, Editor, The Times of Israel

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Yair Lapid

YAIR LAPID is an Israeli politician who founded and serves as the chairman of the Yesh Atid Party. He was Israel's Minister of Finance between 2013 and 2014. An accomplished journalist, news anchor, and TV presenter, Lapid was named one of the “Most Influential Jews in the World” by The Jerusalem Post. He has published multiple bestselling books in Hebrew.

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Gabriel Baharlia

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