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Top Customer Reviews
Although packed with information, the book is well edited and a relatively easy read - managing to build suspense although the outcome is well known.
No one emerges as a complete hero or a complete villian in Mr. Oren's gripping narrative - a tribute to the balanced, objective nature of the work.
After reading this book, the reader will never view current developments in the Middle East in the same light.
Oren presents the history from a military, diplomatic, political and cultural perspective. Through the extensive examination of archives, official reports, memoirs and interviews with surviving figures, Oren details the roles played by all the major players from the perspective of, not just the Israelis but the Egyptians, Syrians and Jordanians as well as the United States and the Soviet Union.
After beginning by presenting a brief synopsis of the Arab-Israeli conflict to that point, Oren describes the series of miscalculations by Nasser that led Egypt into war several years before he intended. A combination of Syrian bellicosity, support of Palestinian terrorist incursions in Northern Israel together with the goading of his unstable general Amer, led Nasser to force the United Nations out of the de-militarized Sinai and to illegally close the Tiran straits to Israeli shipping, tantamount to a declaration of war. As Oren clearly shows, war with Egypt was inevitable the moment the straits were closed. No sovereign nation could ignore a blockade of its shipping.
Oren chronicles Israel's political struggle with the United States and the Soviet Union to permit an appropriate military response to Egypt's provocations.. Despite the clear act of war by Egypt, the Johnson administration, hobbled by Vietnam and fearful of a confrontation with the Soviets, urged Israel to show restraint.Read more ›
Oren gives us as many perspectives as he can; American, Russian, Israeli, Eqyptian, Jordanian, English participants all have their say. The brilliance of this book is not just Oren's gripping account of the war, but his making the reader understand the incredible pressure that Nasser, King Hussein, and Levi Eshkol were under. This book made me feel some sympathy for the Egyptians, poorly-led, sacrificed to Nasser's macho posturing and cronyism, to Cold war cant, and massive poverty.
What is chilling about this book is that nearly forty years later, not much has changed, as Oren points out.
Readers of Tom Clancy will find real people and real tragedy more gripping than fake heroics; no heros here, just survivors.
The history-conscious reader will go beyond the common analogy of tiny Greece versus the Persian empire to find interesting parallels with the 1936 Spanish Civil War in the sanctimoniously neutral behavior of the three Western powers, always ready to put pressure on Israel to accept Arab demands by negating her the most basic armaments, as opposed to the massive rearming of Egypt and Syria by the Soviets before, during and immediately after the war. In fact, Israel was able to maintain parity with Egypt only because of the unbelievably large amounts of untouched war material abandoned by Egyptians, Syrians and Jordanians while retreating. There are even parallels with Europe in 1914, the Arab leadership making miscalculations just as big as those of Austria. Some of these miscalculations, and the absurd comicality of the power struggle among Arab leaders being such that at times one cannot help but think of the Three Stooges parody of Hitler (Nasser), Goering (Field Marshal Amer) and Goebbels (King Hussein), especially when their bickering led to three military decisions that sealed the fate of the Egyptian army and the war.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for detailed history of the Six Day War, but a difficult read........Published 11 days ago by TerriLee B.
The current world order is precariously hanging on the struggle in the Middle East. This book is a perfect window into the depth of poor leadership, blame shifting and falsehood... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
The background leading up to the Six Day War was very interesting. I was only 10 when it happened, and didn't know the complete disfunctionality of the Arab countries. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rene Feitelson
This was a very good account of the war. It was found it to be, very detailed. This, sometimes can become almost boring but in this case it was in story form and very readable. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I found Dr. Oren's book helpful on a number of fronts. His work is well researched and offers an opportunity to read about a key battle or event from a number of perspectives. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
An unbelievably engaging telling of one of the great stories of all time. What history! What writing! What excitement! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book and history of the Six Day War and political situation at the time.Published 2 months ago by Dmitriy