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2.0 out of 5 stars The Israeli account., 18 April 2009
This review is from: Yom Kippur War (Paperback)
This is a history of the war from the Israeli side. The Arab combatants are, for the most part, anonymous. There are dozens of photographs in the book but only three show non-Israelis.
There is also too much detail. Sometimes I found myself skipping yet another paragraph of Israeli heroism in combat.
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Initial post: 12 Jun 2010 18:49:06 BDT
Not sure what book you'd like to read then given that Israeli beating the Syrians and Egyptians against huge odds is so dull for you.

Posted on 3 Jan 2011 01:56:12 GMT
You'd rather see Israel defeated? Tough luck you can't change history to allow an Arab victory

Posted on 1 May 2012 12:53:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2013 03:45:48 BDT
Philip says:
The review is valid if a little unrealistic. if this book covers the war well from the Israeli side that's fine. By way of information for the reviewr, there is 'the Road to Ramadan' by Mohamed Heikal, and 'the Crossing of Suez' by Gen Saad el Shazly for the Egyptian perspective. The latter is excellent.

Posted on 14 Jul 2015 01:12:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2015 01:13:18 BDT
Unfortunately there is often a major lack of reliable and objective Arab (re)sources to provide some balance to the narrative of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Furthermore, Israeli academics likely would have restricted access to such sources, where and if available.

While Israel's very serious failings and subsequent fightback can be clearly documented and has been declassified over the years, much of the Arab documentation remains classified or simply unavailable.

This is not helped by the official Egyptian narrative for example, that claims an Egyptian victory in this war. A victory celebrated to this very day as the 'October War', despite the disturbing outcome of the war for Egypt and the subsequent push to a peace treaty.

By the way, such Arab narratives do exist, but they are of dubious objective historical study.
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