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Suez 1956: The Inside Story of the First Oil War
by Barry Turner
In October 1956, Britain, France and Israel launched an attack on Egypt. For each of the contenders there was much more at stake than the future of the Canal. None of the combatants in the Suez campaign emerged in glory which may be why, in recent years, it has been largely relegated to academic studies. But the events surrounding the invasion, while combining the high dra ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Hodder & Stoughton
(first published August 10th 2006)
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While there are no shortage of candidates for the moment when the Western empires came to an end, one of the most popular is that of the failed attempt by Britain and France to reclaim the Suez Canal in the autumn of 1956. For all of the military gains made by their forces and their Israeli allies, Operation Musketeer (as the plan was called) ended with the humiliating withdrawal of European forces and a political triumph for the ruler of Egypt, Gamal Nasser. Though subsequently regarded as a mi ...more
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.
Barry Turner has been a full-time writer for 30 years. He has worked as a journalist and broadcaster in the field of politics, biography, travel and education, and is the author of over 20 books. He is a regular contributor to The Times as a book reviewer and serializer, and is the editor of the annuals The Writer's Handbook and The Screenwriter's Handbook.More about Barry Turner...