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The Yom Kippur War [Hardcover]

Abraham Rabinovich
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1 Jan 2004
In this galvanizing account of the most dramatic of the Arab-Israeli hostilities, Abraham Rabinovich, who reported the conflict for the Jerusalem Post, transports us into the midst of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Rabinovich’s masterly narrative begins as Israel convinces itself there will be no war, while Egypt and Syria plot the two-front conflict. Then, on Yom Kippur, Saturday, October 6, 1973, we see Arab armies pouring across the shattered Bar-Lev Line in the Sinai and through the Golan defenses. Even the famed Israeli air force could not stop them. On the Golan alone, Syria sent 1,460 tanks against Israel’s 177, and 115 artillery batteries against Israel’s 11. And for the first time, footsoldiers wielding anti-tank weapons were able to stop tank charges, while surface-to-air missiles protected those troops from air attack

Rabinovich takes us into this inferno and into the inner sanctums of military and political decision making. He allows us to witness the dramatic turnaround that had the Syrians on the run by the following Wednesday and the great counterattack across the Suez Canal that, once begun, took international intervention to halt.

Using extensive interviews with both participants and observers, and with access to recently declassified materials, Rabinovich shows that the drama of the war lay not only in the battles but also in the apocalyptic visions it triggered in Israel, the hopes and fears it inspired in the Arab world, the heated conflicts on both sides about the conduct of the war, and the concurrent American face-off with the Soviets in Washington, D.C., Moscow, and the Mediterranean. A comprehensive account of one of the pivotal conflicts of the twentieth century.


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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805241760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805241761
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,962,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account 29 Oct 2013
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This is a very detailed, but eminently readable and absorbing account of the Yom Kippur War. What is particularly interesting is the description of all the misconceptions, false analyses, intellectual arrogance, tunnel vision etc. on the part of most of the Israeli military and intelligence apparatus prior to the war's outbreak. The same goes for both sides' underlying strategies and objectives, with the Arab perspective, by the way, being outlined in a thoroughly neutral fashion.
Certainly on a par with Michael B. Oren's account of the Six Day War, "Six Days in June".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, balanced view of a key conflict 16 Oct 2013
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An excellent and largely balanced view of this key conflict, free from the hubris of both sides. It clearly covers both the military and political aspects, and deals well with the build-up, the initial Egyptian and Syrian successes and Israeli difficulties, and the eventual Israeli counters. Material is indeed largely Israeli sourced, however it is not used uncritically. If you only read one book on this conflict, which resulted in a lasting peace between Egypt and Israel, read this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars did not help at ALl 29 April 2014
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Thought this book would be useful for my history enquiry turns out it didn't. Regret buying this book so much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes could notsee the wood for the trees 6 April 2014
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A good read but for long passages there was so much detail that I used other reference sources to keep a sense of time and place throughout the narrative
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