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Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East [Hardcover]

Michael B. Oren
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1 Jun 2002
In 1967 the future of the state of Israel was far from certain. But with its swift and stunning military victory against an Arab coalition led by Egypt in the Six Day War, Israel not only preserved its existence but redrew the map of the region, with fateful consequences. The Camp David Accords, the assassinations of Anwar Sadat and Yitzhak Rabin, the intifada, and the current troubled peace negotiations—all of these trace their origins to the Six Day War.
Michael Oren's Six Days of War is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic and important episodes in the history of the Middle East. With exhaustive research in primary sources—including Soviet, Jordanian, and Syrian files not previously available—he has reconstructed the tension-filled background and the dramatic military events of the conflict, drawing the threads together in a riveting narrative, enlivened by crisp characters sketches of major characters (many of whom, from Ariel Sharon to Yasser Arafat, are still leading figures today). Most important, Oren has unearthed some dramatic new findings. He has discovered that a top-secret Egyptian plan to invade Israel and wipe out its army and nuclear reactor came within hours of implementation. He also reveals how the superpowers narrowly avoided a nuclear showdown over the Eastern Mediterranean and how a military coup in Israel almost occurred on the eve of the war.

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  • Hardcover: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195151747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195151749
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This admirable book is likely to be the last word on the six-day war for a long time (The Sunday Times June 2002)

the most detailed, the most comprehensive and by far the best-documented history that we have on this short but fateful war (The Guardian)

most comprehensive history yet... Six Days of War scores highly in telling an extremely complicated story within a narrative which despite being loaded with a crushing volume of research reads at times like the breeziest blockbuster... Oren's narrative is at its most gripping during the day-by-day account of the war (Financial Times)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm (kind of) pro-Palestinian and I liked it 24 Feb 2011
First of all, please go easy on the hostile comments.

I would not consider myself a supporter of the state of Israel, nor of its policies. Although there is so much to admire about the country and that I acknowledge.

Anyway, I just finished this book and I found it absolutely riveting. Although I was ready for signs of bias, I found it admirably free of that.

Alright, Mr Oren is quick to label certain Palestinian groups as terrorists while not using the same label for Irgun; but that's nitpicking.

If you want a short background on the events after the creation of the state of Israel and followed by a very detailed analysis of the Six Day War, the events leading up to it and its aftermath this is a great book.

Thoroughly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Middle East War 12 Feb 2013
By John
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Excellent contents. I was on the fringe of it. Should be listed as required reading for all shades of political opinions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Detailed Study 7 Feb 2013
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Having been in the Middle East at the time of the war it was interesting to learn what was really going on in the background. Especially as one could only get very limited news at the time.
A very detailed book not possibly for the light reader.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good analisis 2 April 2003
By A Customer
Michael Oren has written a wonderful and very balanced book upon the Six Days War. Using a wide range of sources -Arab, Jewish, American, Soviet- he has constructed a thoroughly researched account of those six days that shook the world. His narrative is precise but not boring. I highly recommend it for everyone interested in the Middle East.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 12 Feb 2013
By M Potts
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For those who haven't studied Arab-Israeli political issues in detail, and maybe even for those who have, this is a brilliantly written book; very well balanced despite Michael's nationality. Fascinating to see the personalities, egos and political machinations behind such a major world event. Very interesting, exceedingly readable and completely un-put-downable!
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