yeah. it was full of information and i might have miss some parts also its just so good id read over and over.
how informative it was, i highlight the views and issues parties involved were fighting for.
couldn't pick a favorite character
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
After the Arab Spring began, I wanted to know more of the history of conflict in that area of the world. I have paid careful attention to the news, but news is a snapshot of what is happening now. Without historical context, the “why” is elusive.
“Six Days of War” is a detailed history of The 1967 Six Day War/The June ’67 War and the 1973 Yom Kippur/October War. It gives the historical context that gave rise to the long running Arab-Israeli dispute that started even before Israel became a nation. Orem follows with a comprehensive, but brief discussion of conflict until 2002, when he wrote his book.
Syria triggered the 1967 war by a series of border skirmishes, and firing on an Israeli farming outpost. Six weeks later, after the Israelis and the Arabs gathered munitions; tried to convince the United States (Israel) and the Soviet Union (Egypt) to provide artillery and planes; nominally tried to resolve the situation peacefully at the United Nations; and mustered public support, the war began.
Oren avoids easy stereotypes about the military prowess – or lack thereof –on either side. It would be easy to minimize the Arab military preparations and tactics because they were completely overwhelmed in combat, but Oren pays careful attention to the factors that caused that. Those included Soviet military equipment unsuited for desert warfare; an overriding Arab distrust of Jordan’s King Hussein; Syria’s failure to fight until 4 or 5 days into the war; nepotism and cronyism in the Egyptian army that meant incompetent men were making battle decisions; and an overarching communications problem.
The Israelis had different problems and some spectacular failures. Because of mistaken identity, the Israelis bombed the USS Liberty, an American ship in international waters 25 miles off the coast of Egypt, killing 34 Americans. The USS Saratoga had planes in the area on a training exercise carrying nuclear armed missiles. Identities were established and resolved shortly before an accidental nuclear war started.
The book is light on the actual armaments used in the war, which was a bit of a disappointment. Tanks and artillery are covered pretty well. External fuel tanks were a real issue, and what happened to those tanks and crews is as obvious as it was unfortunate.
I liked the narrator’s voice, but he mispronounced words, which was annoying. He did well with the Yiddish and Egyptian, but he was hit-and-miss with the Arabic. Occasionally, some English words were wrong, which was jarring – it sounds like he is a native English speaker.
I am glad I listened to the book. I now have a much better understanding of what is happening now, and why.
Excellent well grounded historical report and analysis of the six day war and the decision makers involved
This book was fascinating to me. I find the history of the Middle East unbelievable at times and this book was well researched and easy to listen to. Highly recommend to anyone interested in Middle East history.
If you want to understand how the events on the ground played out this is the book. If you want to understand the players involved this is the book. It held my attention throughout.
this may be the best book of its genre. Meticulously well-researched from multiple sources and perspectives. captivating and suspenseful , a Triumph of Storytelling and political history
yes - because of the topic
have not finished the book
I think that you should say in advance that it is read aloud by an Englishman with a British accent, not an American accent. It is not impossible to understand but not the best.
riveting part of history and helps to understand today's politics
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I'm fine with the fact that the narrator doesn't have a Hebrew accent. If he wants to pronounce leh-VEE esh-KOHL as LEH-vee ESH-kohl, that's fine. But LEE-vie (like the jeans)?? Really?? And Nes ZI-uh-na (with a zee sound) instead of Nes Tzi-O-na? The HA [like hat]-guh-nuh- instead of the hah [like hot]-gan-NAH? Drove me crazy throughout the book, and really detracted from my enjoyment of what was otherwise a terrific book.