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Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoing intifada, is a direct consequence of those six days of fighting. Michael B. Oren’s magnificent Six Days of War, an internationally acclaimed bestseller, is t ...more
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
It combined personal with military, strategic and political.
It got 4 starts because sometimes I wanted just a little more analysis and a little less military strategy / play by play. He does a nice job of tying some things together at the end but it might have been easier to follow if he'd spent a little more time on the through lines. Someone who is used to reading military / political accounts might have found it easier to follow.
There were several times I found mys ...more
Israeli Defence Force’s (IDF) spectacular performance and strategic brilliance in this war, comparable to Germany’s invasion of F ...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
Of necessity this book boasts a "cast of thousands," and I ...more
The world was created in 6 days, and so was modern Israel. This paean to Jewish hardiness, perseverance, cunning and pragmatism is, at the blurb-level, about the shortest war during the Baby Boomer generation. But the heart and motivation of this book, by author Michael Oren, the sitting Israeli ambassador to the United States, is about existential rights; i.e., who is the rightful owner, landlord and tenant of the dry and weary land which holds Jerusalem at its center.
This is the tale of a week...more
This book is a day by day, sometimes hour by hour ...more
Oren opens with the background to the conflict, particular ...more
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