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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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)
Tom Segev is a controversial writer ... who writes great books. The only think both Segev's supporters (on the left) and detractors (on the right) will agree on is that the Hebrew pronounciation of James Boles is atrocious.
The book is really interesting ... you should also read/listen to Michael Oren's Six Days of War on this topic. (And Segev's One Palestine Complete)
History can be presented for the general reader of for professional historians; this book is definitely NOT for the general reader. Even for me, a professional historian, I found it tedious and seemingly intermiable. Much of the focus is on the political machinations inside the Israeli cabinet,very little on the actual combat. There is no information on the Arab perspective at all.
I am enjoying this book but am shocked at how terrible the narrator's pronounciation of common Hebrew words is. This can be extremely distracting for anyone who knows any Hebrew. He totally butchers most Hebrew words and they occur fairly frequently in the narrative. I am really surprised that he did not have more training before recording the book- I thought that this was a prerequisite for readers recording books with foreign words in it.
Ugh. Reads like the author just taped a bunch of note cards together. No thought or analysis. And to make matters worse, the author relies about 50% on newspaper articles -- for an event that happened 40 years ago. Hello, there are thousands of living witnesses to events -- maybe step out of the library and interview someone.
But the most glaring omission is any insight from anyone who isn't Israeli. The book is 100% written from an Israeli viewpoint. Well, I guess the victors to get to right the history books, but that's not the kind of history book I'm interested in reading.
Like many other reviewers I am bailing out on listening to this. Not only is the pronunciation awful (why on earth use the Israeli pronunciation for Israel ("Yis-rah-el" in an English edition? not to mention slaughtering most of the other Hebrew words), but the reading is ponderous, inappropriately emphasized, and somehow completely mismatched to the tenor of the work. Tom Segev is an important Israeli "new historian", but I'm going to have to read rather than listen to this. The background he gives to the crisis in the part i've listened to- the socio-economic state of Israel at the time- is really interesting, so I suspect that this will be worth reading.
This is the most horrific reading of a non-fiction work on Middle Eastern affairs I've yet encountered. Other works (Fiasco, The Looming Towers, etc.) do at least a reasonable stab at pronouncing Middle Eastern terms. But this audio book is intolerable. Starting with the author's name, and then moving on to nearly every place name and proper name, the narrator mispronounces everything, making listening to this production impossible. I'm not expecting native Israeli pronunciation, but I am expecting that the producer and the narrator would make some good faith effort to get the pronunciations in the approximate ballpark. Is there a way to seek out a return amd refund from audible? I'd do it in a second. What a thoroughly unprofessional production!
Well written and thoroughly researched using mostly primary resources, this book gives a detailed account of the year 1967 from the Israeli perspective. Not restricting himself solely to the 6 Day War but socieo-economic, cultural, historical, as well as military aspects of that pivotal year. The book seems to be objective citing the good and the bad of the decisions of the Israeli government and military during 1967. So much background information is provided that the book is occassionaly tedious, nonetheless the book is highly recommended.
listening to this book makes you feel like you are actually there, watching over Israeli society during this time period and listening in on the cabinet meetings etc. I almost started choking up while i was eating a burrito today listening to it because the book was giving such an emotional and true account of the war... I read/listen to a lot of books and this one comes highly recommended for those who love history and have an interest in the middle east.
I can emphathize with the rightist hard-liners who don't want you to read (ahem... listen) to this book. But, I've read about Oren's and Segev's accounts of the 1967 and I think Segev's is more informative and retrospective. Advice: Read both but if you have time to only read one, then choose this book.
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.
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