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Stuart

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  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (432)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Enjoyed the detailed play-by-play accounting"
    Overall

    I truly enjoyed the historical overview leading up to this event, including the details on key players. The play-by-play accounting of the period immediately prior to and during this event was very insightful. The author, in my opinion, presented the facts and didn't show support for any particular side, which I greatly appreciate. I didn't realize how fortunate Israel was that their opposition was not united. The outcome could have been very different. Likewise, I was unfamiliar with the "Big Lie."
    It increased my understanding of the struggle of both sides, and how important an active and strong foreign policy is to reduce military action. I was surprised to learn of key opportunities to reduce the loss of life, which were missed simply for a lack of understanding of the urgency of communications.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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