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on 25 May 2014
I'm not particularly fascinated about war but the Six Day War was an altogether different story. It began with the closure of the Straits of Tiran by Egypt followed by the UN leaving Sinai. What was apparently thought to be a one-sided war with initial reports of massive damage being inflicted on the Israelis soon assumed frightening proportions with Israel wagging its tail and turning the tide of the war. The conquest of the Sinai peninsula, the West Bank and the Golan Heights are the stuff legends are made of. Six days after the war erupted, the Arab forces lay in tatters, brutally annihilated with its machines and engines scorched beyond repair across the hot deserts. What is an entirely different story is how the entire Arab forces were decimated, with soldier fleeing their posts, and many of them never heard of again.

The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War by Steven Pressfield is unmatched and unparalleled in its depiction of the Six Day War and is a must-read for history buffs. In this totally absorbing and thrilling book, Steven Pressfield writes about how a how force outnumbered 40-to-1 prevailed against overwhelming odds and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The book is particularly fascinating as it is narrated through the ruminations and recollections of those who actually fought the war. The title of the book The Lion's Gate is a reference to an entrance into the Old City of Jerusalem through which the all-conquering Israeli army took possession of the most holy of sites.

A war as significant as The Six Day War demands much more than the 448 pages inside which Pressfield squeezed in the story. While it covers the entire war and much more, Pressfield has done a commendable job in presenting watershed/defining moments of the war in chronological order. To this end, he tracked down sixty three military personnel who actually participated in the battle for control of Sinai, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and allowed them to tell their own stories.

Through these participants, you will revisit the Six Day War as men and women met in the war-room and drew up plans for offensive and defensive tactics. You will get to meet many leaders who have since died but were prominent leaders of the time. This is a gripping book about The Six-Day War fought between June 5th and June 10th, 1967 with a tiny Israeli nation of 2.7 million facing the might of three Arab nations - Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Through The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, Steven Pressfield takes you back in time to revisit an epochal event in world history the final chapter of which is yet to be written.
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on 4 June 2014
Imagine if you can you're walking down the street or strolling in the park, but instead your parks are earmarked and commissioned as cemetaries and instead of the average flyers being handed out, you receive ones that tell you how to identify the bodies of your dead loved ones and what you should do to bury them. This was the state of play happening in Israel in June 1967 backed by a government that was at odds with how to deal with the invading threat by the Arab nations surrounding Israel.

You can read it any way you want, and no doubt there will be many who argue on the basis of historical fiction. But this book is more than that, it is about people and is written by those who experienced the real fear and terror, it is their story. Steven Pressfield makes no bones about the bias and thankfully credits his readers with enough intelligence to make up their own minds, allowing them to absorb these compelling accounts in their own way.
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on 25 May 2014
I'm not particularly fascinated about war but the Six Day War was an altogether different story. It began with the closure of the Straits of Tiran by Egypt followed by the UN leaving Sinai. What was apparently thought to be a one-sided war with initial reports of massive damage being inflicted on the Israelis soon assumed frightening proportions with Israel wagging its tail and turning the tide of the war. The conquest of the Sinai peninsula, the West Bank and the Golan Heights are the stuff legends are made of. Six days after the war erupted, the Arab forces lay in tatters, brutally annihilated with its machines and engines scorched beyond repair across the hot deserts. What is an entirely different story is how the entire Arab forces were decimated, with soldier fleeing their posts, and many of them never heard of again.

The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War by Steven Pressfield is unmatched and unparalleled in its depiction of the Six Day War and is a must-read for history buffs. In this totally absorbing and thrilling book, Steven Pressfield writes about how a how force outnumbered 40-to-1 prevailed against overwhelming odds and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. The book is particularly fascinating as it is narrated through the ruminations and recollections of those who actually fought the war. The title of the book The Lion's Gate is a reference to an entrance into the Old City of Jerusalem through which the all-conquering Israeli army took possession of the most holy of sites.

A war as significant as The Six Day War demands much more than the 448 pages inside which Pressfield squeezed in the story. While it covers the entire war and much more, Pressfield has done a commendable job in presenting watershed/defining moments of the war in chronological order. To this end, he tracked down sixty three military personnel who actually participated in the battle for control of Sinai, Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and allowed them to tell their own stories.

Through these participants, you will revisit the Six Day War as men and women met in the war-room and drew up plans for offensive and defensive tactics. You will get to meet many leaders who have since died but were prominent leaders of the time. This is a gripping book about The Six-Day War fought between June 5th and June 10th, 1967 with a tiny Israeli nation of 2.7 million facing the might of three Arab nations - Syria, Jordan and Egypt. Through The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War, Steven Pressfield takes you back in time to revisit an epochal event in world history the final chapter of which is yet to be written.
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on 9 January 2016
I wish i had more time to rate this excellent book. Pressfield persues a brilliant strategy by allowing the participants to tell the story themselves. As honestly noted by the author, it is a one sided view. Having said that, i found the Jews who were interviewed had considerable sympathy for their Arab adversaries, something i have rarely seen in the Arabs. Sadly, as frequently noted, the Jews have had little choice, "No Alternative" as they frequently say. They did what they had to to take control of their own destiny. In the process, the Arabs sometimes lost out. Had they taken the Jews at their word however, the Arabs could have benefited tremendously and become an integral part of the only vibrant, liberal democracy in the Middle East. As the world is finding out, Arabs don't do that. Instead, they decided to follow their leaders down the path of attempted genocide and never ending conflict. This book is a major eye opener for anyone wanting to learn the history of the Arab/Israeli conflict. They say that the first casualty of war is truth. This book gives one side of the story but there is a considerable amount of truth contained within it. For those who genuinely want to learn the truth, this book provides some very important pieces of the puzzle. It is also one of the most compelling war stories I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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on 4 November 2015
I knew a certain amount prior to reading this book regarding the 6 day war but I was captivated by this incredible book.

The way in which Steven Pressfield is able to engage the reader within a variety of different stages of the war is excellent, while I really did find myself connecting with and caring for the combatants. The exploits of both professional and truly citizen soldiers blew me away. I have not been so hooked by a book in many a year, and even the small touches such as a reminder of the positions held by the different individuals and also the pictures dotted throughout all helped to tell this amazing story.

The descriptions of the battles in the Sinai and in the streets of Jerusalem screamed realism and I wish I could have know some of these warriors. There were so many points where I found myself choked up, there is a level of humility from these people that is mesmerising to read about. This in a story that if it was not real you would say could never happen.

i just thought the whole thing was captivating and I have to say it screams for Spielberg to make another Band of Brothers. I have loved all of Pressfields work but this exploit is arguably the best yet.
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on 10 March 2016
The Lion’s Gate is a history of the Six Day War told from the perspectives of a range of Israeli individuals who led and fought in the war. The book's approach is unusual, in that it is a chronological series of short first-person narratives about the events, and while the narratives are based on extensive interviews and research conducted by the author, he has changed and added language to enhance the story and make it more real - what he refers to in the introduction as "hybrid history". The result is that the exciting and fascinating events of the Six Day War come to life through the backgrounds, personalities and feelings of those telling the story. The author does a good job describing the military strategy and the action in an accessible way, and he provides just the right amount of historical and political context to give a sense of the importance of the events. There are also a number of excellent photos interspersed throughout the book that complement the story well.
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on 30 October 2014
Steven Pressfield does it again. I defy anyone to read this book and not shed tears.
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on 26 December 2015
Great book revealing what really happened in the 6 Day War. Fascinating stories, very well written. I loved this book.
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on 7 July 2015
Interesting first person Israeli-centric account of 1967
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on 25 August 2015
thoroughly enjoying this book, great perspective.
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