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Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life Paperback – September 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr (September 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306804972
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306804977
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,821,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From cover to cover you'll find this book hard to put down.
Phillip Petros
Those reading this book will find it to be one of the most fascinating and engaging military histories ever written.
"mksmks"
This is the story of Moshe Dayan one of the great military leaders of modern Israel.
Shalom Freedman

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "mksmks" on September 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
Despite the title, this book is not really a biography of Moshe Dayan. Rather, it is a remarkably thorough, extremely well-written historical account of the background, execution, and consequences of Israel's major military conflicts.
This book begins biographically, as Dayan gives the basic details of his family's immigration to Israel and his early life at Deganiah and Nahalal. However, once the author comes to the point where he becomes involved in military affairs, he concentrates solely on that subject, leaving all other matters behind. However, since Moshe Dayan is perhaps the most important military figure in the modern history of Israel, this focus and perspective is most welcome. Dayan is so focused on recounting military matters that he glosses over even his time as Israel's Minister of Agriculture.
Those reading this book will find it to be one of the most fascinating and engaging military histories ever written. Dayan has a true knack for storytelling, and keeps his readers interested despite the wealth of details and analysis that he manages to convey. He does so in a frank and clear manner, making this book accessible even to readers with only a basic background in the history of Israel.
The only major flaw in this book is its ending. Dayan spends the final few chapters defending his actions during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, resulting in a defensive, even bitter tone. Perhaps this is to be expected, as the book was written shortly after Dayan's acrimonious exit from public office. In his defense, however, Dayan does frame this book as a personal account, and not an objective history.
All in all, this is one of the best books on the subject of Israeli history available, and is a must-read for anyone interested in the subject.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Martyn Richard Jones on February 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best book I have ever read about Israel and the Middle East. Dayan's clarity of vision, his professionalism, his magnetism and quality of leadership have been brought to bear in creating a vivid account of a crucial period of Middle East history.
The book recounts the history and anecdotes of the re-creation of the state of Israel from its new roots in 1915 through to the war of idependence 1948-1952, in which Dayan played a key role. Other sections cover his role as Chief of Staff(1953-1957), his particpation as government minister and then his return to private life (1958-1967), The Six Day War (1967), the reconstruction and bridge building efforts (1967-1973), The Yom Kippur War (1973) and finally the aftermath (1973-1975).
Moshe Dayan was a great general who served his country with honor, dignity and courage in the hours of their most dire need. As a soldier he was brilliant and as a caring human being he was exceptional. This unsentimental book written in a refreshing and informative style, says as much about the man as about his history - brilliant!...
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By d6707@aol.com on August 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book expecting an account like a personal biography, i.e. military family, etc. Instead I have found an almost quasi-historical narrative of Israel from under the Ottoman Empire thru the British Mandate thru the War of Independance, Sinai campaign, Six-day war, Yom Kippur. Dayan's family worked on the collectives-farms and because of the need for self-defense became involved in the Hagganah and self-protection forces. After an arrest, he joins a British unit during WW2 and ascends in rank during the War of Independance to high command. He gives his impressions of politicians he works with; Including opposing arabs. The book is over 600 pages but Dayan writes an interesting and tight narrative that is hard to put down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Petros on June 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
From cover to cover you'll find this book hard to put down. It is fascinating reading from one who rose from the ranks of an ordinary individual to one one who became a great military leader. Dyan gives a personal perspective of the growth of Israel from 1948, first independence, to the battle skirmishes in the 50's, to the "Six Day War," to the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and what Israel will be in the future. Included are insights on Ben Gurion, Golda Meir, Gen Ariel Sharon, (one of the hero's of the Six Day War) and etc. Great insight, personal perspective, historical docudrama of the real life exploits of a tiny nation fighting for it's life against incredible odds and winning everytime. Truely this is one book hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R Parreira on March 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The life of Moshe Dayan is indeed very interesting. By reading it one gets to understand much better the historical and political issues involved in the isralei - palestinian question and how this matter got entangled with most of the 20th century geopolitical evolution. Moshe Dayan was a natural born soldier, being involved with the zionist undercovered military machine since his teens. His rise to power was connected to the clear leadership he exerted on his soldiers, and not to political arrangements. In this sense Dayan was always among his soldiers, much more a "primus inter pares" than an unreachable strategist that sees battle from a map room. The book is very sincere and in many points he opens his heart and one can see the joy (as for example in the episode of the liberation of Jerusalem) and sadness (when he talks about the dead young officers during the yom kippur war). It is important to notice, however, that despite being such a telented soldier, one can not say that Dayan succeeded as a politician. His mandate as Minister of Agriculture receives almost no atention in the book and one can see that his heart was not at it. Other episodes that deserved more atention, like the Lavon affair and the creation of Rafi are quite superficially touched.
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