Michael Oren has done a superb job with this overview of one of the most important wars of the second half of the 20th century. Oren breathes life into the arcane political machinations of all the players; the US, Israel, the Arab States, the UN, and the USSR. It is fascinating to see in such vivid detail how each party viewed the others and their own actions. I sat on the edge of my car seat waiting to find out if Israel would attack Egypt or Egypt invade the Negev, even though what happened is so well known. The consumate skill of the narrator only added to joy of listening.
Overall this book is a refreshingly honest look at a conflict that is so often characterized by cliches and hyperbole. You will come away with a greater understanding of the Israeli-Arab conflict and a greater appreciation for the nuances and ambiguities that dominate the region's politics.
I have been listening to the NY Times on the way to work every morning for over a year now, and I love it. I find myself becoming quite agitated on the mornings I can't listen to it, and as well as uninformed. I don't have time to read the paper newspaper in the morning, nor can I consistently read the online edition. This is great overview, and I pursue in more depth any articles that interest me. I reccomend it to anyone with a ~30 min commute, whether in a car or not.
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