Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
The downside to my book hoarding is that it is used against me, every time my wife shows up in a new pair of shoes or boots or moccasins. Yes, moccasins. And whenever we get into an argument, she stands near the shelf with a sheath of matches. Cackling. (So, that might be ...more
Since I have been spending the last year reading about Israel and Palestine, I may now class this book as shameless and apologetic when it comes to Israeli militarism. My review below is shameless in many ways and I'm a bit embarrased about it. Oren says he is givng everyone equal treatment, but how can you be Israeli embassador to the US and not be biased?
This book supports Israel myths about itself and its military might and does little to acknowledge that the 1967 war was p ...more
Oren has written a fair history, with all sides presented ...more
In a century I believe the military historians will compare this war with the most famous wars in all times. The book has a lot of not “everyone knows” details, a ...more
A necessary light
'Six Days' goes far to help sort out Mideast conflict's tangled web
Reviewed by Steve Kettmann
Sunday, July 28, 2002
Six Days of War
June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
By Michael B. Oren
OXFORD; 446 PAGES; $30
It's a natural impulse to seek distance when confronted with a seemingly hopeless spiral of violence. That's what Preside ...more
Oren ably presents Nasser’s role in the lead-up to the war, describing his role in forcing the UN out of the Sinai and to illegally closing the Tiran strait to Israeli shipping, which amounted to an act of war by every observer. Oren then covers Israel’s search for an effective and legitimate m ...more
Michael Oren (between bouts in the Israeli Defence Forces disseminating the Israeli point of view for the media) has apparently written this majesterial and impartial history of the 1967 war. By strange coincidence it more or less absolves the Israelis from starting the war. Apparently they werent even interested in seizing territories it just kinda happened!
Having almost as many footnotes as Joan Peters ground breaking "From Time Immemorial ...more
Israel won not just because of its sense of systemic vulnerability, its discipline, and technological superiority; it won also because of its enemies' incompetence and divisiveness. They may have been superior in numbers, but they were so arrogant, divided, and disingenuous that one wonders if they were really determined to defeat Israel or just screw ...more
Prior to my work on the 1967 war, I believed the politics in the Middle East—as elsewhere in the world—were the product of rational decision making, a reflection of cogent analyses on the part of Arab and Israeli leaders. Today I know differently. Of all the insights I gleaned from my research—the extent of Egyptian war planning, for example, or the depth of Israeli fears—none altered my thinking more than the realization that politics in the Middle East are, more often than not, random and unpr
Michael Oren interviewed such figures as former Jordanian Brigade Commander Ata Ali, Egyptian historian Issam Darraz former Syrian Ambassador to the UN, George Tomeh, former MOSSAD chief, Meir Amit, former Israeli Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, widow of PM Levi Eshkol, Miriam Eshkol, former IDF Chief of Operations and later Pr ...more
Then the actual war breaks out, and the book really takes on a life of its own. I primarily listened to this, and found the last ~9 hours, or 5 chapters, extraordinarily gripping. Michael B. Oren isn't making any controversial statements here ...more
- Michael Oren IS a professional Historian, and this shows in this and his other books. He tries to not make judgements, but rather to display the facts (as he has perceived them) and explain a passage of history.
- It might be said that Israel almost did not win the 6-day war so much as the Arabs lost it. The jealousy, the bickering, the internal fighting and the self-deluding all contributed to a loss.
- NOW - it is incredible to drive by and see some of the sites of the battles ...more
Excellent historical rendering of a series of events that have shaped Middle Eastern countries to this day. Good text for the high school classroom.
La guerra de los seis días tuvo lugar entre el 5 y el 10 de junio de 1967. Enfrentó a Israel contra Egipto, Jordania y Siria. Fue una guerra relámpago en la que la acción inicial israelí pilló por sorpresa a los egipcios, determinando el rumbo de la guerra.
La historia de enfrentamientos en Próximo Oriente no tiene un origen claro. Podríamos decir que se odian desde siempre y no habría una manera clara de rebatirlo. El autor, cuando analiza las causas del conflicto en el primer capítulo, se deja...more
Oren has written books, articles, and essays on Middle Eastern history, and is the ...more