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  • Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Samuel Wachtman's Sons, Inc. (August 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888820314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888820317
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,552,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very interesting and inspiring story well told.
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The story is fascinating, important, and greatly improved my understanding of the six-day war and the history surrounding it.
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The book is listed as historical fiction, but it is much more history than fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Migdale on August 28, 2012
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This is a great book. It is one which I would absolutely and strongly recommend to anyone looking for fascinating reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2012
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Hugo Gerstl hits a homer in this reader friendly gem. It's a great review of some of the history of modern Israel and the sometimes heroic efforts of regular guys to insure its survival. The story rings (and is) true, but laid out in great moves and conversations created by this gifted author. There are a few delightful 'capers'. I bet the Panamanian National Airline still wonders where its five newly donated planes went in 1948. Gerstl balances serious with fun in this great book. I got through it in a weekend in which I couldn't put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jackson on December 8, 2012
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Full of real information, well put together. This is the kind fo work anyone interested in exploits of true patriots will love
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Art on November 9, 2012
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A great read that reminds us again how common men, motivated by ideals, often step up, get things done, and impact history for generations, while so-called Men of Destiny just wring their hands and dream. Think military "Moneyball", applied to the global balance of power.
With an unabashed pro-Israel bias, and a lawyer's careful eye to the legal consequences of defiance against the federal government, Gerstl tells a riveting story of three lives that profoundly changed the Middle East, calling to mind the old Ben Franklin adage that one nation's patriot is another nation's traitor.
A real page turner I found hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By herb on November 4, 2012
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A master story teller's touch to a true historical story. Gerstl hits a home run with his fictionalized narrative of a series of events that changed the history of Israel, including its current mastery of its aircraft industry. A refreshing narrative spun around the bravery and chutzpah of a small group of innovative and giving individuals. An entertaining tale of real history, fictionalized for easy and entertaining reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ben on October 14, 2012
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This is a great novel peppered with some historical facts from the early 20th century till the Iran contra affair. The author brings three of those (over 3000) who helped the young state of Israel to survive against a sea of arabs surrounding her and promising to push her to the sea. The story starts by describing the life of Jews in the USA in the early 20th century. This part reminds me the writing of I. Bashevis-Singer. Then bringing in another hero at the Howard Hughes company. The third is a non Jew owner of an import-export company. Slowly we learn how the life of these heroes intertwine during and after the second world war and how each contributes to supplying weapons and airplanes to the young country.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RT on October 8, 2012
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Many great successes had a small beginning. Some have started in a garage, others in a basement or cellar. What it takes is an idea, a dream, some ingenuity, and a lot of hard work. Hugo Gerstl has not only written a book of historical value, but more so, it is inspirational and motivational. He demonstrates that anything can be done. As a retired US Air Force Officer I found this book particularly interesting. The idea of being dependent on other nations for Israel's security surrounded by hostile nations now seems absurd. It had to happen that Israel became self sufficient. The book describes well the determination and eventual success of this endeavor. Today nations either fear or admire Israel for its incredible successes through its military, including its own Air Force. A very interesting and inspiring story well told.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eli M on September 26, 2012
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This was a terrific read about three fictional heroes of the establishment of the State of Israel. The stories intertwined beautifully and I strong recommend the book.
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