- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Pr; First Edition edition (September 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306804972
- ISBN-13: 978-0306804977
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moshe Dayan: Story of My Life Paperback – September, 1992
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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.
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!...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, I love it , really good insight into first years and wars of Israel.Published 2 months ago by tom
I have read a bout Moshe Dayan for years and known virtually nothing about him. This is a well written interesting read - I have not finished - it is a big book! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Philip L. Capp
Moshe Dayan might be considered one of the traditionalist soldier of the twentieth century. One must read how he singl handedly with a couple of others had occupied Dar Tarif. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Simon Yahya
Superb review of the founding period of the State of Israel - well written and extremely interesting.Published on July 20, 2014 by Larry
Everything was OK, under all points of view. The only problem are high fees for delivering FROM USA to Europa.Published on June 17, 2014 by Gaetano SCHILIRO