• The Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War: The History of the Military Conflicts that Established Israel as a Superpower in the Middle East

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Ken Teutsch
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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The Six Day War and the Yom Kippur War: The History of the Military Conflicts that Established Israel as a Superpower in the Middle East

By: Charles River Editors
Narrated by: Ken Teutsch
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Despite losing the 1948 War, Arab nations throughout the Middle East had still refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist. After the Suez Crisis, Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser envisioned creating a unified Arab world, commonly referred to as pan-Arabism. Nasser was the consummate pan-Arab leader in the 1960s, positioning himself as the leader of the Arab world through increasing incitement against Israel with rhetoric. 

Israel found itself in possession of more land after 1948 than envisioned by the U.N. Partition Plan, but the Green Line still left it less than 10 miles wide in some positions. In the summer of 1967, the armies of Jordan and Syria mobilized near Israel’s borders, while Egypt’s army mobilized in the Sinai Peninsula just west of the Gaza Strip. Combined, the Arab armies numbered over 200,000 soldiers. 

In early June 1967, the Israelis captured Jordanian intelligence that indicated an invasion was imminent, and on June 5, 1967, the Israel Broadcasting Authority aired an Israeli Defense Force communique. “Since the early hours of this morning,” it read, “heavy fighting has been taking place on the southern front between Egyptian armored and aerial forces, which moved against Israel, and our forces, which went into action to check them.”  

Over the next six days, the Israelis overwhelmed the Egyptians in the west, destroying thousands of tanks and capturing the Gaza Strip and the entire Sinai Peninsula. At the same time, Israel drove the Jordanians out of Jerusalem and the West Bank, and it captured the Golan Heights from Syria near the border of Lebanon. In the span of a week, Israel had tripled the size of the lands it controlled. Israel had gone from less than 10 miles wide in some spots to over 200 miles wide from the Sinai Peninsula to the West Bank. Israel also unified Jerusalem.

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“Just the facts” please

This book is an excellent reading for those who are looking for a narrative of facts and not opinions. It gave a concise overview of each player’s reason for engaging in war and a very clear explanation of the tactics and plans to achieve their goals. This book continued to give an account of the war on the ground and also the political climate of this time. And in the end it gave this reader a feeling of finally understanding what this war was all about, what happened, how and why it ended and the role it played on the Middle East even today.

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Amateurly written

Shallow, inaccurate, disappointing. This is not a serious book written by a historian. This is a college graduation project at best and not any sort of serious study product. Very disappointing.

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Not a just the facts

Should have read more reviews. There’s a ton a opinion here beyond facts. I almost bought a different book on this but in my haste bought this one.

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  • 06-01-18

Very good!

Sober analysis of one of the most successful military campaigns. Some concepts can be used for business strategies.

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