In Israel and the West, it is called the Six-Day War, in the Arab world it is known as the June War, or simply as 'The Setback'. Never has a conflict ...Show synopsisIn Israel and the West, it is called the Six-Day War, in the Arab world it is known as the June War, or simply as 'The Setback'. Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen and largely unwanted by both sides, so transformed the world. "Six Days of War" is the most comprehensive history ever published of this dramatic and pivotal event, the first to explore it both as a military struggle and as a critical episode in the global Cold War. Oren spotlights all the participants - Arab, Israel, Soviet and American - telling the story of how the war broke out and the shocking ways it unfolded.Hide synopsis
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It was pretty hard to put this book down. It covered the war in great detail and was based on interviews of both Arab and Israeli participants. Oren has done a wonderful job at presenting the war in a fair, even-handed manner. Highly recommended.
Michael Oren, today, is Israel's ambassador to the U.S. You can see why when you read this book. It goes into exhaustive (and significant) detail, particularly about the politic aspects of the build-up to the war, the jockeying among the Great Powers, etc. I can't imagine how much work went into putting it together. I wouldn't say the book gives a complete picture of the war--what was missing for me was combat detail and more about personalities, particularly Moshe Dayan, who gets pretty short shrift here--but as a key pillar for understanding for the Six Day War, this book in indispensable.
A little dry starting out but starts rolling quick enough. Gives you the background and then gets into the nitty gritty. Found it to be neither bias towards either side, though I always route for the underdog, provided he is a good guy.
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