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Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War
by Barry Turner
The 1956 joint strike on Egypt by Britain, France, and Israel resulted in international political turmoil. For each of the contenders there was much more at stake than just the future of the Suez Canal, and the events surrounding the invasion were full of high drama and intrigue, with elements of political farce. Eyewitness accounts and primary documents, many of which hav ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton
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This book recounts the last hurrah of the British and French Empires during their invasion of the Suez region. He does a great job of going into the context from which the policies of the French, British, Egyptian and US sprung. It makes an interesting read to watch grown men and political leaders make consistently bad choices for both good and bad reasons. It's an easy read and a great piece of military and political history.
Enjoyed the book. Felt it was well written. However, for a book covering a conflict that involved 4 countries it is very Anglo-centric. Could have been a lot more interesting if the Israeli, French and Egyptian story was told with as much detail and insight as the English side was.