Virtual SJCC Book Fest: Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy
November 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy
“Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People”
Zoom Author Talk + Q&A
Former Soviet refusenik, human rights activist, and Israeli politician Natan Sharansky and co-author Gil Troy, an acclaimed presidential historian, discuss Sharansky’s new memoir, “Never Alone,” a gripping account of courage, integrity, politics, and Jewish belonging.
Tickets: $5 virtual ticket | $35 book purchase (includes free ticket + shipping)
Ticket sales end and Zoom links emailed one hour prior to the event
Presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium
Book sales partner: Island Books
About the Book
“Never Alone,” a new memoir co-authored by human rights activist Natan Sharansky and historian Gil Troy, is a gripping account of courage, integrity, and belonging. In 1977, Sharansky, a leading activist for the democratic dissident movement in the Soviet Union and the movement for free Jewish emigration, was arrested. He spent nine years as a political prisoner, convicted of treason against the state. “Never Alone,” shows how Sharansky’s years in prison — many spent in harsh solitary confinement — prepared him for his public life, bringing extraordinary moral clarity and uncompromising honesty to his work as an Israeli politician and the head of the Jewish Agency. Never one who placed expediency ahead of consistent values, Sharansky was an often-awkward political colleague but always visionary as to where the real threats to freedom lay. “Never Alone” is suffused with reflections from his time as a political prisoner, from his seat at the table as history unfolded in Israel and the Middle East, and his passionate efforts to unite the Jewish people. Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man whose fight for individual freedom in the face of overt tyranny would come to define the rest of his life.
About the Authors
Natan Sharansky is an Israeli politician, human rights activist, and author. He served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency from June 2009 to August 2018.
Gil Troy is the award-winning author of “The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s” and a professor of history at McGill University since 1990. He is a leading presidential historian and a columnist for The Daily Beast and The Jerusalem Post.