Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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Ballantine Books, 2003 - History - 460 pages
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Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoingintifada, is a direct consequence of those six days of fighting. Michael B. Oren’s magnificentSix Days of War, an internationally acclaimed bestseller, is the first comprehensive account of this epoch-making event.

Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive, Oren reconstructs both the lightning-fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world. Extraordinary personalities—Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser, Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin—rose and toppled from power as a result of this war; borders were redrawn; daring strategies brilliantly succeeded or disastrously failed in a matter of hours. And the balance of power changed—in the Middle East and in the world. A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative,Six Days of Waris the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.

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The premise of the book is well written. - Goodreads
Excellent historical research. - Goodreads
Good writer, good thinker, good historian. - Goodreads
The writing itself is excellent and very absorbing. - Goodreads
The writer stresses it is the first one. - Goodreads

Review: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

User Review  - Serge Boucher - Goodreads

This book is seen as the definitive account of arguably the most influential conflict of since world war II, which is reason enough to read it all by itself. It's very good, not perfectly objective ... Read full review

Review: Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

User Review  - Gavin - Goodreads

Great narrative of an 132 hour war. I had to write out a roster to keep up with the cast of characters, but that is due to my own limited knowledge of the participants. I believe that I could reasonably discuss the events now thanks to Oren's details. Read full review


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Michael B. Oren is the author of The Origins of the Second Arab-Israeli War, and has written extensively on Middle Eastern history and diplomatic affairs. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in Middle East studies. He has served as Director of Israel’s Department of Inter-Religious Affairs in the government of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and as an adviser to the Israeli delegation to the United Nations. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

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