I have been reading about the "Six Days War" for over 40 years. This is, without doubt, the best one volume history that I have 'read'. It blends detailed political, military and human issues with a dexterity rarely encountered. Although knowing the outcome, I was glued to the book - it is a real page turner.
The narrator has a voice that is invisible - all you hear is the story.
I commend this volume to all students of history and the Middle East.
Much, much more detailed than I expected! I was expecting more focus on the Six Day War. This book was more about the history of Israel from 1948 up to the 1967 six-day war. It goes into intricate detail. I finally gave up on the book after 10 hours, and it hadn't even gotten into the 1967 war yet!
I would not recommend this book, because I felt the title was misleading.
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Without doubt the level of detail and meticulousness of the research.
I plan to listen again in the near future. The book had so many rich details that I'm sure I might have missed something the first go round. The story took an event from my childhood and made it a living breathing "happening just now" sort of drama.
Mr Whitfield's voice and accent gave the piece an air of authority - as though the story were being related by a journalist or even a government official.
Distrust, Disunity, DISASTER!
I'm anxious to read more from Michael Oren
Engrossing. Informative. Thorough.
Moshe Dayan comes across as a key figure for initiating and overseeing the War. As a man of action, Dayan had acquired sufficient battlefield experience to be a wise and charismatic leader in a time of crisis. As was said of Winston Churchill in 1940, "Cometh the hour, cometh the man."
Michael Oren covers a lot of interesting ground leading up to the June 1967. At this vantage point 45 years later it easy for us to forget the that Nasserism, the Cold War, President Johnson and the Vietnam War impacted the key people involved, and the decisions that they made (or failed to make). This book covers the extensive statesmanship of Abba Eban and the military preparation/build-up that preceded the War.
This is a story about little-smart David against mighty Goliath, and David also didn't have anywhere to go! Interesting enough, one can find the fingertips of this war in today's middle east. in many aspects- nothing changed. what frightens me- is whether David is the same sharp guy as he used to be now that he has some gray hair and gain some weight?....
Only time will tell.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to gain some knowledge about the middle east's history and to get a better view about Israeli/ Arab dispute.
After seeing this described everywhere as the definitive book on the Six Day Way, I was a bit apprehensive about buying it as I really don't have the patience for long, drawn out details of battles. My concerns were very quickly dispelled as the book immediately pulls you into the intrigue of international diplomacy, regional politics, and the very human side of the cast of characters involved in this watershed event in Middle East history. The book reads like a thriller while still being complete and accurate in its portrayal of the events of the war. Unfortunately, the narrator, while generally very good does not know how to properly pronounce many of the Arabic and Hebrew words in the original text but this is only a minor annoyance. Overall, highly recommended!
A detailed account of the interplay of cold war superpowers posturing over the menacing and goading threats of Egypt's Nasser. Nasser entwines Jordan's Hussein while Syria taunts Israel with cross border artillery barrages complacent in its deep Soviet backing. Israel reaches a psychological and tactical breaking point and plunges into the stunning Six Days War. The US sadly suffered horrible and tragically accidental casualties as well in the Israeli offensive when a US ship stationed "between" Israel and Egypt is nearly sunk after mistaken identity. This book is a compilation of statesmanship, military build-up and tactical successes and failures that comprise the Six Days War.
Still a bit dry, stuffy english narration. Would it hurt to change accents on military history audio books, just change it up a bit. I can listen to this in spurts.