Going far beyond a military account, Segev re-creates the crisis in Israel before 1967, showing how economic recession, a full grasp of the Holocaust's horrors, and the dire threats made by neighbor states combined to produce a climate of apocalypse. He depicts the country's bravado after its victory and the mood revealed in a popular joke in which one soldier says to his friend, "Let's take over Cairo". The friend replies, "Then what shall we do in the afternoon?"
Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps. He introduces the legendary figures Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and Lyndon Johnson, and an epic cast of soldiers, lobbyists, refugees, and settlers. He reveals as never before Israel's intimacy with the White House as well as the political rivalries that sabotaged any chance of peace. Above all, he challenges the view that the war was inevitable, showing that a series of disastrous miscalculations lay behind the bloodshed.
A vibrant and original history, 1967 is sure to stand as the definitive account of that pivotal year.
©2007 Tom Segev; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"A lucid history of a year that began in agony and self-doubt and ended with a nation made powerful and purposeful." (Kirkus)
The subject is a divisive one, but looking at how it was written. This is one of my favourite books. I listened to it over and over again. I plan on listening to it again in the future about 100 times or so.
Sad that someone who obviously has no training in Hebrew did not bother to consult with someone who does on proper pronunciation...very sad; if I cld get my money back I wld...
The reader is stiff, the writing is hard to follow - it jumps all over the place. I haven't been able to make it thru 25% of this book.
I found two problems. First, the details of people' feelings and movements, the exact contents of newspaper articles, the in-depth opinions about the most the most inconsequential of aspects of daily life related in the most excruciating detail, left me exasperated and bored to the extreme. Second was an almost computer-voice style of reading, without inflection or emotion that only added to the problems in relating the content. I was also annoyed by the mispronunciations of the Hebrew (eg. ha-GAN-a instead of ha-ga-NA). This book may be fine for those who hunger for the quotidian details of everyday Israeli life in 1967 but the forest gets lost in the trees.
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