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Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002

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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: 22.9 x 3.6 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,888 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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Michael Oren, currently a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, is a Princeton-trained scholar who has taught Middle Eastern history in the U.S. and in Israel. In addition to serving as director of the Israeli government's Department of Inter-Religious Affairs, Oren was also advisor to the Israeli Delegation to the United Nations.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Miran Ali VINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By P. J. Roberts on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 12 Feb. 2013
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M Potts on 12 Feb. 2013
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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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 April 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts VINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2003
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A very impressive and well researched account of the events surrounding the 1967 Six Day War. The reader will find themselves hooked from the very first page.
Michael Oren's authoritative research reveals a disturbing and alarming similarity between the events of 1967 and those of the present day. The reader sees from this book that Palestinian/Arab terrorist attacks upon innocent Jewish civilians were just as common-place leading up to the 1967 conflict as they are now.

Another alarming similarity drawn from the text is that of the apparent impotence and reluctance of the UN and the International Community in their unwillingness to condemn, hinder or prevent these attacks upon Israel prior to and leading up to the Six Day War. The reader sees that these same entities were even then still so ready to condemn the Jewish state for defending itself such terrorism.

The book reveals from the text that the Gaza Strip and the so-called 'West Bank' were not even in Israeli hands prior to the 1967 conflict. The author shows in his account that despite being in the hands of Egypt and Jordan respectively, no attempt was made to forge any 'Palestinian' state during the 19 years between 1948 and 1967.
To the contrary, Egypt is shown to have created the Palestine Liberation Organisation in 1964, three years before the conflict and that these very aforementioned territories were used as a base from which to seek the destruction of the Jewish state and the genocide of the Jews from the midst of the surrounding Arab nations.
This really is an absolute must read on the Middle East.
Whilst this will always be a contentious subject, this book certainly puts to rest once and for all the myths and allegations that Israel was responsible for this conflict.
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