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Six Days of War Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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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    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12
    Y. Grove Fredericksburg, VA 06-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Difficult to Follow"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think those who have an indepth knowledge of the places, politics and charaacters prior to listening to this book. I thought I was going to be able to follow it but there was too much detail and I got lost in all the characters and locations. As one person said in their feedback....listen with a map at hand.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael B. Oren? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I didn't really care for his voice so it was hard for me to listen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It probably would be a very good listen for those studying historical facts, who already has points of reference prior to listening...It's not for the casual listener. To sum it up...I was looking for a novel and this came across more like a textbook.


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    Kimberlee Joos 09-26-06
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    "Outstanding!"

    This is the way a definitive work on a major military battle should read. Oren's thorough research comes through with amazing levels of detail in both the Israeli and Arab decision-makers and planning staffs, as well as U.S. and UN actions and behind-the-scenes considerations. Amazingly, Oren found a way to cram this book with tons of details, but I never found myself getting bored or lost in the data--probably due to great writing and narration.

    Oren's account of the 6-Day War drives home the point that Clausewitz made long ago: "War is politics by other means." Until you understand the political drives, the personalities calling the shots, the miscommunications, the hidden agendas and the historical perspective, you will not truly understand why any given war occurs or how it ends, and if the resulting peace is truly lasting or if it is going to lead to more conflict.

    As I read this book, the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon conflict was just heating up. I found the historical insights in this book invaluable in understanding some of the context of the current conflict.

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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!

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    Allon 01-30-15
    Allon 01-30-15
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    "excellent and a caveat"

    Great book to listen to, though I would expect from a professional bookreader to do his homework and learn how to properly pronounce names.

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    Jonathan A. Epstein Bethesda, MD United States 04-30-14
    Jonathan A. Epstein Bethesda, MD United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2016
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    "poor Hebrew pronunciation is distracting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A very deep study of this important war, which is the foundation of much of the current Middle East situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure that it's hard to find a narrator who's a native English speaker and can pronounce both Arabic and Hebrew correctly. The Arabic sounds correct to my untrained ear, but the pronunciation of the Hebrew names is so poor that it makes certain scenes difficult to follow.

    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
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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 2011
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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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