This is a tough topic to take in. Especially, when you're giving info from both sides of the conflict. The author is obviously very knowledgeable in this topic, but I don't think he went into enough detail on "who is who". Tough topic coupled with a boring narrator really put me to sleep.
I don't mean any disrespect to either the author or the narrator. I'm hoping this comes across as constructive criticism.
I like to read but listening is better.
I would recommend the book if they are very interested in war and in history. Otherwise I probably wouldn't because this is a very detailed account. This book is for people who want a complete dissection of the events.
The climax of the book is Israel's preemptive attack on the Egyptian air force. The author spends the first half of the book giving an extremely detailed account of the history of the area and the actions leading up to the war. Thus, the reader is on edge, waiting to hear how the war finally begins.
Whitfield is solid. He doesn't add anything to the experience and he's not going to stick in any reader's mind. However, he doesn't take anything away from the experience either. He doesn't do anything annoying or distracting, and that is the most important thing.
This story is full of animosity, hate, lies, and confrontation. There are many moments of sadness. It's a book about war so obviously there is much violence and death. War is always a tragedy.
No matter what an author does he will always be criticized by some for being biased towards one side or the other. In this case, I thought the author was neutral and sincere. All sides were criticized and praised at certain times. If there are some facts that are unflattering to certain parties, there's really nothing that can be done about it.
The extensive use of first-hand accounts from participants on all fronts of the war whether millitary or diplomatic was what made this audiobook great. First hand accounts of the horror experienced by the Egyptian Airforce pilots sprinting through the desert after 3/4 of their planes were suddenly destoryed, the frustration of Israeli politicians as international pressure drove them to the brink of insanity, the tragic attack on the USS LIberty, the brutal hand to hand combat on the Golan Heights . Accounts of all these events were peppered with snippets from testimonies, diaries and memoirs that helped paint a brutal and believable picture of this highly controversial confilict.
Mr Whitefield's reading is crisp and clear, his correct pronunciation of most propper nouns also adds credibility to the story and keeps the listener from getting distracted.
The plight of King Hussein in Jordan was particularly saddening. Hussein was treated as an enemy by virtually everyone involved in the conflict despite all his attempts at reconciliation. The fact that he managed to hold his country together despite the loss of the West bank and most of his army is amazing.
The sheer number of people, places, and events appearing in this work made it sometimes difficult to follow the story. Although I found the details on the political powerplay that went on before and during the conflict fascinating, I often got frustrated trying to follow the blow by blow accounts of what felt like every skirmish in the war. History and millitary buffs will love this book, Anyone without a real interest in the Israeli-Arab conflict will probably feel that the story moves too slowly and that the author goes into too much detail on minor points.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This book gives the listener a broad perspective of the present day situation in the Middle East. All the power brokers that are in play in today’s Syrian crisis (2013) were also the participants in 1967. I especially enjoyed learning many of the behind-the-scenes decisions made by the Israelis concerning land acquisitions in the final few days of this very short war. They played a juggling match between being too aggressive and risking UN intervention and being too passive and blowing an opportunity to acquire critical regions essential to their future defensibility. The resulting map of the region is the Middle East we have in place today. This book will help anyone interested in the way the world works understand why there was such an outcry when the current US President announced that he thought that Israel should return to the pre-1967 borders as a prerequisite to serious peace negotiations.
Robert Whitfield (otherwise known as Simon Vance) is excellent as always in the narration for this history. His pronunciation of the foreign place names seems natural and correct. He has a pleasant mildly-British accent that is easy of my ears.
I'd been looking forward to this book as I had heard it was a balanced account. Well, book is good, but author's bias sways as much toward the Israeli favor as did the war itself. Nothing at all wrong with that, as many good histories are a bit one sided, but he states in beginning his goal was to be objective.
While he does spend an inordinate amount of time on the pre-war diplomacy, once the action starts the book moves fast--unfortunately, too fast. My only criticism is that I had hoped the battle scenes would have been fleshed out more.
Again, while clearly showing a bias, he does examine various reasons why the Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians were so caught unaware.
A better idea for a book would be a side by side comparison of the surprise in 1967 and why Israel did so well, versus the 1973 attack that caught the Israelis comparatively off-guard, yet did not garner the same success for the Arab countries that Israel had in 1967 against them.
Military History and Archaeology
Yes. This is a good account of the events leading up to the Six Day War, it covers the Political relationships of the regional participants, as well as the relationship of super and world powers with the participants as well as how world events and public opinion affected those relationships. Intragovernmental and intraArab relations were examined. Military operation given less space, but this did not detract from the story,
There is a wide cast of characters
Solid pace and tone, great delivery,
Very monotonous. difficult to follow content.
was unable to get into story.
next time call it a history book with to many facts. not fast paced at all.
I would strive to make the first half of the book more entertaining. I found the first half a little dull; yes, packed with necessary information about causes, and relevant facts and vignettes that lead to the war, but dry none-the-less. Maybe my anticipation of learning insight about the strategy and tactics employed in the actual battles ruined my appreciation of the build-up in the book.
Also, as a person unfamiliar with arabic names, I found it somewhat difficult to understand some of the pronunciations and found myself backtracking to avoid missing important facts. Overall though, a good book packed with a lot of interesting information about the Six Day War.
A wonderful breakdown of the events leading up to, through, and after the Six day war of June 1967. It broke the events down into manageable chunks that can be digested and incorporated into the larger understanding of the story. I was impressed by the Narrator as well.
If you are interested in history, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, or Israel then I recommend reading this book.
This book is a must for anyone who wants to know the story of six day war.
The book is even handed and fair and is not biased at all.
I would recommend this book for all who want to read a correct and accurate history of the famous six day war.