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Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East | [Michael B. Oren]

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

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.
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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 of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.

Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants: Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American, as well as all the world leaders involved in this earth-shaking clash that transformed the world.

©2002 Michael B. Oren; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Oren is not only a lucid, compelling writer, but reader Robert Whitfield is a master at narrative drive through intonation alone. The listener cannot put this book down. A triumph." (AudioFile)

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    Benjamin Apex, NC, USA 02-07-06
    Benjamin Apex, NC, USA 02-07-06 Member Since 2000
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    "In-depth, un-biased, and delightful to listen to"

    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.

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    Willis R. Corson 01-27-13 Member Since 2004
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    "This Is A Story That Defies All Odds"

    This is a story about Israel's existence that can only be explained by divine intervention. The military screw ups and scenes by the Arab opposing forces are similar to scenes in the Bible where God fought the battles for ancient Israel, i.e., large enemy forces fleeing out of unexplained fear, confusion among Arab forces, the leaving behind of large amounts of weapons & war supplies, hot food left on the tables of Arab homes in a suddenly-vacated city, etc. Although author Michael Oren does not credit God with any of these incredible happenings, a student of the Bible will begin to see the Hand of God. One thing, however, is for certain: The Arab order of battle, initial Arab air superiority, the vast numbers of Arab armies and war supplies against the world's 100th smallest nation, Israel, can only leave the secular reader with one conclusion: Israel shouldn't have been able to win this war. But they did, and it was against all odds!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 02-26-12
    Ian 02-26-12
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    "Superbly narrated political and military history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Six Days of War to be better than the print version?

    No. Each has its advantages. For example, maps in the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moshe Dayan - Minister of Defence, Israel. His complex and perplexing character and ability to make sudden changes in regard to the war in the West bank, the capture of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.


    What does Robert Whitfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator. Pronounces Arab and Israeli names and places flawlessly


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a detailed political as well as military history of the events surrounding the Six Day War. It tries to present information from both the Arab and Israeli viewpoints,. It clearly demonstrates the divisions among the Arab nations and the resulting problems in carrying out coordinated military and political actions against a determined foe.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mohamed Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-29-11
    Mohamed Dubai, United Arab Emirates 10-29-11
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    "Captivating!"

    I believe this is a very comprehensive book of the 1967 events and before. It is detailed and very well designed. Also, the book moves at a very high speed with no repititions; something that makes the hearing experience entertaining as well

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rex Rosetta, South Africa 10-08-09
    Rex Rosetta, South Africa 10-08-09
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    "Six Days of War (unabridged)"

    A balanced history of the war telling the story from both sides. It was fascinating to get a feel and understanding for the world politics going on at the time.

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    Sam 08-07-09
    Sam 08-07-09

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    "Outstanding book"

    Important book by the author who is now an ambassador to the United Nations.

    I would like to comment on the narrator. He reads crisply and does a fine job, with one glaring exception. He pronounces many people's names incorrectly. There are so many wrong pronunciations that it gets to be a bit humorous (if you don't laugh, you might give up on this fine book in frustration). I don't understand why he didn't get a script that gave the correct way to say non-English names. Still, that would not keep me from renting this great book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey A. Sherman 06-11-07 Member Since 2001
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    "Great book"

    This is a terrific book. It gave me a ton of new insights into this war and the events leading up to it.

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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-21-14
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 10-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "A definitive account"
    What made the experience of listening to Six Days of War the most enjoyable?

    The title to this audiobook is somewhat misleading as this is really about the events which led up to the war as well as an almost minute by minute recounting of the combat. About half of the book is devoted to each. With almost 50 years elapsed, and with access to a seemingly treasure trove of historical documents, Oren has pieced together a finely detailed, arguably definitive recounting of the momentous events which reshaped the Middle East, founded the “modern” state of Israel, and propelled a generation of religious and sectarian conflict since. For readers of history, those with an interest in the Middle East, Israel, or the interplay (or failures) of diplomacy and warfare, there is lots here to captivate – from the larger than life political and military leaders, to the half-hearted efforts of diplomacy, to the military strategy and tactics involved. Oren takes pains to move the narrative along by balancing the goings on of all sides during the inexorable march to war and thereafter and there are the occasional revelations, some of which I found genuinely startling. While this could have formed the basis of a suspenseful page turner, the focus here is really on factual information told (and capably narrated) in a straightforward manner yet I found the results anything but dry or plodding. My only criticisms are that the maneuvering of forces and locations of battles are at times, difficult to follow without benefit of maps. As well, the cessation of the war, aftermath, and ramifications are dealt with comparatively briefly. Nevertheless, I would say these are relatively minor and that this book is well worth a listen.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 06-23-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 06-23-13 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Six days that changed the world"

    The book does a good job of exploring the events that lead to the tensions of the Arab and Israel factions boiling over into full out conflict for six days in 1967. It paints the picture of world powers on the brink of WWIII as they stood behind their respective factions over the conflict. It certainly explains much of the tensions in the Middle East that plague the world today.

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    Eric Brewster, WA, United States 11-11-12
    Eric Brewster, WA, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Even handed"
    What did you love best about Six Days of War?

    This book deals very well with both sides of the conflict simultaneously. Bias seems to be at a minimum, although possibly slanted toward the Israeli point of view. In addition to dealing with the Arab/Israeli conflict, the author also goes behind the scenes of the cold war, which is also quite revealing. One almost needs a map to keep up unless you are familiar with the towns of sinai and the west bank.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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