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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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    Walter Fiarman 02-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Living history"

    I throughly enjoyed the book. Thought I was familiar with the events of 1967 I still learned a tremendous amount of the inside story to the war.
    The performance was good.

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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-30-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Essential background on the Arab/Israeli conflict"

    This book is an important recounting of the Six Day War, and also of the historical events leading up to it. The writing is slightly biased toward the Israeli point of view, yet this is understandable, given the magnitude of the Israeli victory in the conflict.
    Personally, I chose to pair my listening of this book with "The Palestine-Israel Conflict" by Dan Cohn-Sherlock and Dawoud El-Alami, to gain a more up-to-date and hopefully more balanced perspective. This remains a sensitive and difficult issue, and hopefully listening to these books will serve to break down existing prejudices and pave the way to greater understanding and compassion.
    Robert Whitfield is ideal as the narrator of this account.

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    J D Williams Tucson, Arizona 07-07-14
    J D Williams Tucson, Arizona 07-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Blow by Blow Account"

    In 1967 Israel launched a preemptive strike on the Arab forces posed to bring to an end the problem of a Jewish nation in the middle east. The success of their venture surprised even the Israelis in the destruction of the united air forces, and humiliated the enemy to the point that they blamed both the United States and Great Britain as the culprits, although they were never involved. In recent years documents have been declassified and in this book we find a blow by blow account of a fascinating and critical engagement of the late 2oth century. This is an important account of a war which reverberates to this day. Highly Recommended.

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    burkanuck 05-13-14
    burkanuck 05-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! Well-written and excellently narrated


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that it is based almost entirely on contemporary accounts from people who were there from their letters and official documents and then is enhanced by their later accounts.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The stunning effectiveness and overwhelming success of the initial battles.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to have an informed understanding of this pivotal event in modern Middle Eastern history this is the book. The author doesn't gush over either side but simply gives the facts of what was happening and how things developed.

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    "Love the topic, but the narrator put me to sleep."
    Would you try another book from Michael B. Oren and/or Robert Whitfield?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Whitfield’s performances?

    Maybe


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Days of War?

    This is a tough topic to take in. Especially, when you're giving info from both sides of the conflict. The author is obviously very knowledgeable in this topic, but I don't think he went into enough detail on "who is who". Tough topic coupled with a boring narrator really put me to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mean any disrespect to either the author or the narrator. I'm hoping this comes across as constructive criticism.

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    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 01-29-14
    Douglas Atlanta, GA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Detailed History of the War, Causes, and Affects"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book if they are very interested in war and in history. Otherwise I probably wouldn't because this is a very detailed account. This book is for people who want a complete dissection of the events.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Six Days of War?

    The climax of the book is Israel's preemptive attack on the Egyptian air force. The author spends the first half of the book giving an extremely detailed account of the history of the area and the actions leading up to the war. Thus, the reader is on edge, waiting to hear how the war finally begins.


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Whitfield is solid. He doesn't add anything to the experience and he's not going to stick in any reader's mind. However, he doesn't take anything away from the experience either. He doesn't do anything annoying or distracting, and that is the most important thing.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This story is full of animosity, hate, lies, and confrontation. There are many moments of sadness. It's a book about war so obviously there is much violence and death. War is always a tragedy.


    Any additional comments?

    No matter what an author does he will always be criticized by some for being biased towards one side or the other. In this case, I thought the author was neutral and sincere. All sides were criticized and praised at certain times. If there are some facts that are unflattering to certain parties, there's really nothing that can be done about it.

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    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 11-15-13
    Jeff Sonoma, Ca, United States 11-15-13
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    "The Definitive Blow by Blow Account of This War"
    What did you love best about Six Days of War?

    The extensive use of first-hand accounts from participants on all fronts of the war whether millitary or diplomatic was what made this audiobook great. First hand accounts of the horror experienced by the Egyptian Airforce pilots sprinting through the desert after 3/4 of their planes were suddenly destoryed, the frustration of Israeli politicians as international pressure drove them to the brink of insanity, the tragic attack on the USS LIberty, the brutal hand to hand combat on the Golan Heights . Accounts of all these events were peppered with snippets from testimonies, diaries and memoirs that helped paint a brutal and believable picture of this highly controversial confilict.


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

    Mr Whitefield's reading is crisp and clear, his correct pronunciation of most propper nouns also adds credibility to the story and keeps the listener from getting distracted.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The plight of King Hussein in Jordan was particularly saddening. Hussein was treated as an enemy by virtually everyone involved in the conflict despite all his attempts at reconciliation. The fact that he managed to hold his country together despite the loss of the West bank and most of his army is amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    The sheer number of people, places, and events appearing in this work made it sometimes difficult to follow the story. Although I found the details on the political powerplay that went on before and during the conflict fascinating, I often got frustrated trying to follow the blow by blow accounts of what felt like every skirmish in the war. History and millitary buffs will love this book, Anyone without a real interest in the Israeli-Arab conflict will probably feel that the story moves too slowly and that the author goes into too much detail on minor points.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 09-13-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Middle East Explained"

    This book gives the listener a broad perspective of the present day situation in the Middle East. All the power brokers that are in play in today’s Syrian crisis (2013) were also the participants in 1967. I especially enjoyed learning many of the behind-the-scenes decisions made by the Israelis concerning land acquisitions in the final few days of this very short war. They played a juggling match between being too aggressive and risking UN intervention and being too passive and blowing an opportunity to acquire critical regions essential to their future defensibility. The resulting map of the region is the Middle East we have in place today. This book will help anyone interested in the way the world works understand why there was such an outcry when the current US President announced that he thought that Israel should return to the pre-1967 borders as a prerequisite to serious peace negotiations.

    Robert Whitfield (otherwise known as Simon Vance) is excellent as always in the narration for this history. His pronunciation of the foreign place names seems natural and correct. He has a pleasant mildly-British accent that is easy of my ears.

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    Rory 07-19-13
    Rory 07-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good listen but as one-sided as actual conflict!"

    I'd been looking forward to this book as I had heard it was a balanced account. Well, book is good, but author's bias sways as much toward the Israeli favor as did the war itself. Nothing at all wrong with that, as many good histories are a bit one sided, but he states in beginning his goal was to be objective.
    While he does spend an inordinate amount of time on the pre-war diplomacy, once the action starts the book moves fast--unfortunately, too fast. My only criticism is that I had hoped the battle scenes would have been fleshed out more.
    Again, while clearly showing a bias, he does examine various reasons why the Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians were so caught unaware.
    A better idea for a book would be a side by side comparison of the surprise in 1967 and why Israel did so well, versus the 1973 attack that caught the Israelis comparatively off-guard, yet did not garner the same success for the Arab countries that Israel had in 1967 against them.

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    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 04-01-13
    Dan McGrew Safford, AZ 04-01-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Detailed account of the events of the War"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is a good account of the events leading up to the Six Day War, it covers the Political relationships of the regional participants, as well as the relationship of super and world powers with the participants as well as how world events and public opinion affected those relationships. Intragovernmental and intraArab relations were examined. Military operation given less space, but this did not detract from the story,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is a wide cast of characters


    What about Robert Whitfield’s performance did you like?

    Solid pace and tone, great delivery,


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