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In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War Paperback – December 2, 2011


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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466385448
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466385443
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Itzhak Brook, MD, MSc, is a Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC. He was born and raised in Haifa, Israel and graduated from the Hareali Haivri High School, earning his medical degree from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine, in Jerusalem. Dr Brook completed a residency in pediatrics at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, Israel. He served in the Israeli army as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973. Subsequently, he completed a fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Dr. Brook served in the Medical Corp of the US Navy for 27 years. He has authored several hundred publications in scientific journals and ten textbooks. Dr. Brook also authored the book: “My voice - a physician’s personal experience with throat cancer.”

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A really worthwhile read!
Katharine S. Rockman
It really gives you a sense of the Yom Kippur War from a very different perspective, It reads like a story that you can't put down.
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Brook's book is intensely personal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on September 15, 2013
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Dr. Itzhak Brook’s first person account of the 1973 Yom Kippur War is captivating in the tale he tells and in the lessons taught. In the Sands of the Sinai, A physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War, is a timely reminder that individuals make the difference. Cast your mind to any holiday you find most pleasing. In the days leading up to that morning, you’ve worked yourself to exhaustion. Your sleep is deep as your unconscious mind is soothed by the familiar sounds, smells and feel of this day; the culmination of your year. Instead of the joy and relaxation you know you’ve earned, you rudely awaken to war and an imminent threat to your family and your life. Most U.S. citizens alive today can only come as close to that threat as the morning of September 11, 2001. Imagine if that horror were to happen nation-wide. That is the world that rudely grabbed Brook’s dreams in a bedroom in Rehovot, Israel and threatened his wife and two young children on the morning of Yom Kippur in 1973.
An eternally long fourteen days later, Brook would return from that war forever changed. Told with the skill inbred from a culture that values oral history as a complement to the written word, Brook takes his readers for a ride rather than a read. From the time Itzhak Brook lifts his foggy head from the pillow to wrap his mind around the reality of an all-out assault on Israel by Egypt and Syria to his return as a wounded war veteran; the reader lives his life in the trenches of the Sinai. Few realize how close Israel came to annihilation and how ill-prepared the country was to answer the surprise attack.
The growing realization of the failure of a government Brook has believed and trusted winds its way through the parable as the troops prepare to meet their fate head-on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katharine S. Rockman on February 18, 2014
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A cousin gave me this book.
I always wondered how people just my age managed during the Yom KippUr War.
We worried wondered and sent money, but we were here and safe.
I loved the immediacy and detail with which the tale was told.
A really worthwhile read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zev Primor on January 8, 2014
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"In the Sands of Sinai" is an excellent memoir of Dr. Itzhak Brook's experiences as a battalion physician during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Dr. Brook provides the reader with a detailed and unvarnished description of his daily struggles during Israel's bloody 17-day war. Dr. Brook not only delves into the difficulties of tending the wounded but, perhaps even more importantly, he honestly confronts his own struggles in how best to help soldiers cope with the psychological trauma of war. While never trained in psychology, Dr. Brook provides a fascinating story of how his own thinking changed about the relationship between courage and fear. In the macho world of the Israeli Army, it was unmanly to admit fear. However, Dr. Brook quickly learned that this attitude was making it harder, not easier, for soldiers to cope with the stresses of war. And, from that moment on, he admitted to the soldiers his own fears. "It's okay to be afraid," he told them. And, in most instances, he observed their immediate relief.

In sum, Dr. Brook provides a compact background of the State of Israel, his own family and the political situation in Israel during that period. "In the Sands of Sinai" is not only valuable for medical professionals and students of war history but also for anyone who wants a better understanding of how to cope with the fear and anxiety of war.

Reviewed by Zev Primor, a veteran of the Yom Kippur War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NiteReader on January 1, 2014
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I was so delighted to come across this unique book. It really gives you a sense of the Yom Kippur War from a very different perspective, It reads like a story that you can't put down. It is so well written that you actually get the feeling that you are next to the author as he confronts the daily trials of a physician during war. I highly recommend this most captivating and informative book.
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