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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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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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Chocked full of historical perspective.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would strive to make the first half of the book more entertaining. I found the first half a little dull; yes, packed with necessary information about causes, and relevant facts and vignettes that lead to the war, but dry none-the-less. Maybe my anticipation of learning insight about the strategy and tactics employed in the actual battles ruined my appreciation of the build-up in the book.<br/><br/>Also, as a person unfamiliar with arabic names, I found it somewhat difficult to understand some of the pronunciations and found myself backtracking to avoid missing important facts. Overall though, a good book packed with a lot of interesting information about the Six Day War.

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  • Eric
  • Brewster, WA, United States
  • 11-11-12

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.

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Now I Understand a Little Better

I have not fully understood (nor will I ever completely) the inner workings and politics surrounding conflicts between Israel and it's Arab neighbors, beginning after WWII, and culminating in the Six Day War. Actually, the war hasn't really ended and doesn't seem likely to in the foreseeable future.

It's not hard to see how the Arab world's hatred of the west, and the US in particular, spilled over from this brief and humiliating defeat, though there's no discussion of such issues. The book is quite simply an unbiased, detailed accounting of the facts. No opinions are offered by the author. More than half centers around actions by the key political players and the timing of events, often just by happenstance, that resulted in a an unpredicted outcome with world-wide ramifications.

There's a good accounting of the military actions, but this is not a "shoot-em-up" war story drama. It's much much more.

One can surmise how the seeds of present day Muslim extremism and acts of terror were sewn during the twenty years after WWII along with the creation of Israel. Utter failure and humiliation on the battlefield has led to a war of terrorism--just my opinion.

I would suggest another very good book on the birth and growth of the extremist/terror movement leading up to and including 9-11, "The Looming Tower".

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Excellent history, well narrated

What made the experience of listening to Six Days of War the most enjoyable?

It provided a detailed account of events from both sides of the conflict.

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Well researched, lucidly written, well read.

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A detailed history

Robert Whitfield does a good job of making Orens history into a listenable story. Lots of detail, however, so if you are not historically inclined and unwilling to spend the time to hear ALL of the story it may be too much for audio. I personally enjoyed it and also appreciated the lack of political slanting so it does not come across as biased.

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  • Gabriel
  • Silver Spring, MD, United States
  • 05-20-12

Comprehensive, well researched and informative

This is probably one of the most authoritative sources out there on this controversial subject. Oren provides incredible details with back stories about the actors that make this an essential read for anybody interested in understanding the modern Middle East.

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Detailed account, well-written

Oren provides a detailed and informative account of the Six Days War. Although I consider myself well-informed, this war happened when I was very young. Since the war is one of the keys to understanding the Middle East challenges, I dove in. At times, it seemed too detailed and failed to give the reader sufficient overall context. However, I am sure someone more familiar with the situation would appreciate the detail. Overall, I enjoyed the audio book, and I feel much more competent when it comes to discussions about the Middle East.

As for the war, I was amazed at the extent of miscommunication and outright military incompetency. Israel had the better approach and that obviously showed in the outcome, but even Israel had its major blunders. The Arab nations, on the other hand, were so intent on deceiving themselves and their people that their loss was foreordained.

I would definitely suggest this audio book to the person who wants much more than just a summary of this war.

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Enjoyed the detailed play-by-play accounting

I truly enjoyed the historical overview leading up to this event, including the details on key players. The play-by-play accounting of the period immediately prior to and during this event was very insightful. The author, in my opinion, presented the facts and didn't show support for any particular side, which I greatly appreciate. I didn't realize how fortunate Israel was that their opposition was not united. The outcome could have been very different. Likewise, I was unfamiliar with the "Big Lie."
It increased my understanding of the struggle of both sides, and how important an active and strong foreign policy is to reduce military action. I was surprised to learn of key opportunities to reduce the loss of life, which were missed simply for a lack of understanding of the urgency of communications.

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Just Fantastic

I'm sure some on both sides will say this book is bias, but if you like Modern History then this is just a great read even if you know next to nothing about the conflict or politics of the region.

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