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.
Very good "Listen" with a fast moving story line that is very informative as well as great indepth historical insights...
I couldn't stop listening to this book, which elegantly and accurately portrays a war Israel was forced into in 1967 by most surrounding Muslim states that is not that different from the situation it faces today, with surrounding Muslim countries wishing for its utter destruction - and the heroism and determination this small nation has had to endure. That the Muslim world is more than ever awash in anti-semitism (best portrayed in A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad) is not new, as are parallels between its resolve to do away with the Jewish state which has basically, not changed much over time. Against all odds, with merely 6 million Jews in Israel and 13 million worldwide (less than 3 million in Israel at the time of the 6 day war!) vs. 1.6 BILLION Muslims, this book recalls the spirit and heroism that the Jewish people have, vs the barbarism, lies and agression inherent to Muslim cultures (pay attention to the many hails of victory by Egypt, Syria even as their military was getting wiped out by Israel. Make your own parallels to Hizbullah today, Lebanon, Iran, Lybia… the list goes on and on). Masterpiece of education. I only wish there was as good a book on the Yom Kippur war.
Good back ground of what happened and why things are the way they are in the middle east. Lot of lessons to be learned here.
Iseral is hated enemy but even if your surrounded if you stayed prepared and alert you control your own fate
I grew up in the fifties and sixties so I followed the 67 war as it happened. This book covered it well and was well written.
I could feel the tension, fear, and wariness as it happened in the story.