October Earthquake: Yom Kippur 1973

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Transaction Publishers, Jan 23, 2013 - History - 327 pages
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October Earthquake presents a chronological account of the days surrounding the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) War, along with the significant military and political events of each day of the conflict. Zeev Schiff's comments on Israel's exaggerated self-confidence, the hopelessness of Israeli leadership, the intelligence failure, the concept of the Bar Lev Line, the role of the air force, and the preparedness of the Arab army are interspersed throughout. Rather than judging and awarding "grades" to the parties involved in the war, this work bases itself on authentic source materials, such as recordings of command discussions during the battles, and documents. Many of the details included are not found elsewhere. The author skillfully weaves the recollections and accounts of many participants and commentators into a coherent narrative that brings to life the war's events. Although written largely from the perspective of Israelis, October Earthquake reviews political, diplomatic, and military events in Egypt that set the stage for the war. In the postscript, Schiff also explores key lessons for Israel from the Yom Kippur War, which ended its sense of invincibility and complacency, despite Israel's impressive victories on the battlefield. Winner of the Sokolov Prize, Israel's highest journalism award, this book should be read by all foreign policy specialists, historians, and anyone interested in the Middle East.
 

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Contents

September 21
1
October 1 1973
56
Strategy of Fire Fighting
96
October 8 1973
106
Bar Lev Line
136
October 9 1973
145
The IDFs Surprises
159
October 10 1973
166
The Arab Warrior
227
October 16 1973
235
October 17 1973
243
October 18 1973
251
The Air Force
258
October 19 1973
263
October 20 1973
267
October 21 1973
269

October 11 1973
176
Nights Slumber
183
October 12 1973
188
October 13 1973
196
Timetable
204
October 14 1973
212
October 15 1973
219
October 22 1973
282
October 23 1973
286
October 24 1973
289
October 25 1973
296
The Israel That WasWill Not Be
298
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Zeev Schiff (1932-2007) was a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, USA and Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, USA. Recipient of the Sokolov Journalism, Amos Lev and Sarah Reichenstein prizes, his books include A History of the Israeli Army: 1874 to the Present and War of Deception.

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