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The definitive history of the six days war
, 27 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Paperback)
This highly acclaimed work of scholarship explains the events leading up to and the 1967 Arab-Israeli war with its consequences.
Never before and perhaps never again so many sources were consulted to write the book, including numerous surviving Arab military and politicians. Is worth quoting Fareed Zakaria " using as many sources as are likely to be available Oren has constructed the best account of events ".
The first 170 pages are like a political thriller and deal with the preparation to war , this part of the book is a fast read and the author does a tremendous work in painting the wider picture of the inter-Arab relationships which eventually lead to the downfall of Jordan.
There is a fantastic analysis of casus belli from Titan to UNEF and the from the militar balance to the use of poison gas in Yemen by Nasser ,but the real winner ,according to the author , is Dimona.
When the fist wave of planes are airborne the pace changes and the book offers a clear picture of the action on the ground , the highlights being the desperate fight of the Arab legion in the west bank and Milta .
In "Aftershocks "the book also deals with the sad consequences of the war , the sight of relief for Israel of the disappearance of the imminent threat of utter obliteration by the combined UAR armies and the plights of the Palestinian refugees .
Of particular interest is the sense of the Arab nations use of the Palestinian cause for the own political gain .
The book has a collection of useful maps , black and white photographs and cartoons. Is printed in high quality paper has a hard durable cover with a good format.
Is it 100% impartial ? Of course not , is has been written by an Israeli diplomat and ex-soldier ,but that is beyond the point , the real issue is that this THE BEST book ever written about the 1967 war and will continue to be so for many years to come.
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