1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 29, 2007 - History - 688 pages
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From Israel's leading historian, a sweeping history of 1967--the war, what led up to it, what came after, and how it changed everything Tom Segev's acclaimed works One Palestine, Complete and The Seventh Million overturned accepted views of the history of Israel. Now, in 1967--a number-one bestseller in Hebrew--he brings his masterful skills to the watershed year when six days of war reshaped the country and the entire region.
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, 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Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, as well as government memos and military records, Segev reconstructs an era of new possibilities and tragic missteps.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 lie behind the bloodshed.
A vibrant and original history, 1967 is sure to stand as the definitive account of that pivotal year.  
  

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Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Thomas - Goodreads

This thing is huge. Seriously. I feel like I really accomplished something finishing it. That said, I enjoyed it and found it a fascinating and extensive history of the events preceding the six-day ... Read full review

Review: 1967: Israel, the War, and the Year that Transformed the Middle East

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Segev did a good job setting the stage for the 6 Days War with a long introduction into what Israel was like in 1967, especially the mindset of ordinary people. Details of the battles are a bit scarce, but the book is a good read Read full review

Contents

BETWEEN RISHON LEZION AND MANHATTAN
17
Other People
43
BETWEEN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
141
The Syrian Syndrome
191
Three Days to War The Decision
323
Day One
338
Day Two
351
Day Three
366
Teddys Project
482
FacetoFace with Ishmael
500
The Blunder
523
Hawks and Doves
543
Starting Over
553
Absalom Days
562
Notes
587
THE FORTY DAYS OF PRIVATE YEHOSHUA BARDAYAN
608

The Final Days
385
A New Land
419
Victory Albums
437
The Enlightened Occupation
455
One Week to War The Generals Revolt 288
614
Acknowledgments
643
Index
647
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About the author (2007)

Tom Segev is a columnist for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper, and the author of three now-classic works on the history of Israel: 1949: The First Israelis; The Seventh Million: The Israelis and the Holocaust; and One Palestine, Complete: Jews and Arabs Under the British Mandate, which was a New York Times Editors' Choice for 2000. He lives in Jerusalem.

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