The best-selling author of Gates of Fire and Killing Rommel delivers his first work of military nonfiction - an epic narrative of the Six Day War.
June 5, 1967: The fearsome, Soviet-equipped Egyptian Army and its 1,000 tanks are massed on Israel's southern border. Meanwhile, the Syrian Army is shelling the much smaller nation from the north. And to the east, Jordan and Iraq are moving brigades and fighter squadrons into position to attack. Egypt's President Nasser has declared that the Arab world's goal is no less than "the destruction of Israel."
June 10, 1967: The combined Arab armies are in ruins, their air forces totally destroyed. Israel's citizen-soldiers have seized the Gaza Strip and the entire Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the Golan Heights from Syria, East Jerusalem and the West Bank from Jordan. The land under Israeli control has tripled. The charismatic, eye-patch wearing Defense Minister Moshe Dayan has barreled through the Lion's Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem, meeting up with a gang of paratroopers who have already raised the blue and white flag that frames the Star of David.
How on earth did this happen?
Only Steven Pressfield could get the real story from the fighter jocks in the air, the tank commanders through the sand, and the infantrymen on the ground. Through more than 300 hours of interviews conducted in Israel, he has written a gripping chronicle of the six days that changed the Middle East forever. He also captures the universal experience of individual soldiers compelled to stare down mortal fear and move headlong into a firestorm.
The Lion's Gate blends the immediacy of Mark Bowden's Black Hawk Down, the esprit de corps of Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers, and the soul of James Bradley's Flags of Our Fathers. It will join the indispensable canon of military nonfiction.
©2014 Steven Pressfield (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Andy from FL
I have always been fascinated with the 6 Day War and have watched or read just about anything I could find on the subject. This approach was incredibly unique. You feel that it is YOU who are being called up, it is YOU who are in the tank, it is YOU who is flying the jet, it is YOU who is entering the Old City. You are privy to what was going on in their minds as they were engaged in battle. You are hit with the daunting questions that the commanders were faced with, especially as they entered Jerusalem. Questions like what to do if a sniper starts firing from one of the Holy places? You can't just put a tank round into it. Hearing the emotions that the IDF men felt as they reached the Wall was something you just have to hear for yourself. History comes alive with this book. If you are even remotely interested in this topic then you will love this book. I wish there were more like it, perhaps this will begin a trend.
14 hours of listening, done in 3 days.
Great storytelling, great memoirs and great writing.
I needed this so much, a book that keeps you listening and everything else falling into second place
I bought other 2 books. Gates of fire and virtues of war.
This was an excellent audiobook an amazing recount on the history and story of the Six-Day War I would highly recommend it to anyone that is a student of history
Awesome book. You feel like you are on the front lines. Captures the mental and physical aspects of the war from all sides. Very relevant for today's political environment in the Middle East.
I liked it. it was an unusual look inside the 6 day war
an up close and personal look at individual stories
a reminder that the governments of Israel's neighbors are dedicated to the destruction of Israel
Steven Pressfield is one of the greats. He writes we an immediacy of situations that transcends our mundane civilise life and yet with such simplicity and heart that you feel the grit, you breathe the realism. We are not special. This is work.
Finally, if you feel lost, bereft of vision or hope. Read Pressfield. Comprehend the creed of necessity and obey with action. Pressfield lays waste to all that is overly-precious, spoilt and ignoble. When you emerge from his work, your compass is aligned to true north. You are ready to shoulder burdens that would have broken your back a week ago. There is now, thanks to this warrior poet, fire in your veins and conviction in your stride. You see the world anew, you slay all pity from your being, you began and will henceforth to always, dare.
The Lion's Gate presents personal stories of Israeli soldiers from all walks of life and various vantage points leading up to, during, and after the seven day war. What struck me most throughout the various accounts of soldiers, from those in the trenches to the commanders n the war room, were the honorable character traits evident in each of their lives: The value placed upon life, belonging, justice, loyalty, duty, and respect; the demonstrated commitment to service, leadership, ingenuity, integrity, ownership, and sacrifice for others. The reader will gain insight into Israel's historical past and unfolding history through the short but revealing stories from this six day war.
Say something about yourself!
Lots of interesting stories and experiences from a handful of Israeli units during the Six-Day War. Definitely not a history lesson, but you get the jest of what's going on anyway. There are many names, and much of them are in Hebrew, so it gets a little difficult to remember who's who.
Not bad but Pressfield's 'Gates' and 'Afghan Campaign' are better. The history is amazing and a nail biter. I found this somewhat slow and at times difficult to get through, even with the short chapters. .
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