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The Eve of Destruction: The Untold Story of the Yom Kippur War
by Howard Blum (Goodreads Author)
On October 6, 1973—Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar—the Arab world launched a bold and ingeniously conceived surprise attack against Israel. After three days of intense, bloody combat, an unprepared Israel was fighting for survival, while the Arabs, with massive forces closing in on the Jewish heartland, were poised to redeem the honor lost in three previ ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 5th 2004 by Harper Perennial
(first published 2003)
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This is really a gripping story. As usual, Blum makes it very real by giving us characters who are making or just trying to live through dramatic moments in history. I read it; I would read it again. But, it is so detailed as to be a bit confusing and hard to follow. Take it slow the first few chapters and clearly identify the characters so that the later chapters flow more smoothly.
I read this sometime during the summer of 2015, but can't recall the specific days. The book details the careful elaborate planning by Israel's neighbors to bring down swift-as-lightning air and ground strikes which would begin on one of the holiest days of the year for the Jewish nation. There were the loan voices crying in the wilderness of the Israeli political and military establishment warning of increased military activity on the part of Israel's hostile neighbors in the days prior to the ...more
يتناول الكتاب قصة حرب رمضان وأثرها على إسرائيل من الجوانب الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والاستراتيجية، محاولاً تصوير حجم الفزع الذي أصاب الإسرائيليين مواطنين وسياسيين وعسكريين لشعورهم أنه يوم النهاية التي سوف تلقي فيه إسرائيل دمارها الجديد. الكتاب يتناول المعارك على جبهة سيناء ويركز بشدة على طبيعة العلاقة بين السادات والشاذلي والثغرة التي ترتبت على إصرار السادات على التحكم في مهام رئيس الأركان. كذلك يتناول الكتاب معارك الجبهة السورية والتقدم السوري في الأراضي الإسرائيلية ثم التوقف فالتراجع مستعيناً بشه ...more
I read this book b/c I needed facts about the Yom Kippur War. A lot of facts are indeed presented, some well-known, some not. For instance, I found the story of Shabtai Brill interesting but I am not sure it's actually a true story given many other inaccuracies in the book. It feels like the writer had created the book with an eye towards a thriller movie being made of it; otherwise, I see no justification for the inclusion of romantic adventures of some Israeli officers, whether they're true or ...more
While its a harrowing read, I really liked this book. Sure, its overly dramatic. Sure its massively more about the Israeli side than the Egyptian. Sure it's more an emotional history of the war than a full real tick tock of the action. But it works. Its page turner history and its well worth the time. Starting with Sadat and Shazly's concept, all the way through the twists and turns of the prewar deception, to the Israelis 'African Venture" that brought to war to a close, the book hits on everyt ...more
An interesting contribution, what was going in "behind the curtain" on both sides. This turns some of the conventional wisdom, lessons drawn immediately following the war, on their ear. This is a story of people. But I got lost in the shift from last name to first name to nickname; I'm not convinced it helped the narrative. There were other editor issues - from simple proof reading to just doing maps at the beginning. Sure this is a people story. But much of the narrative is focused around very ...more
Sep 18, 2007 Ted rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in middle eastern wars
This book takes the reader right into the middle of the Yom Kippur War. His sources are important players from Israel and Egypt, but unfortunately not Syria. I just found the details and strategy to be fascinating. How close did Egypt and Syria come to overrunning a still young nation? What were the motives behind the war? How did political infighting change Israel's and Egypt's war planning? All answered in this excellent read.
Not a bad book... This book is perfect for folks who don't read a ton of military books. I found vast portions of this book very boring because I don't need an explanation on what a SAM is or why the USSR is involved in the middle east. That being said, it's well written and worth checking out for sure.
Howard Blum is the author of New York Times bestsellers including Dark Invasion, the Edgar Award–winner American Lightning, as well as Wanted!, The Gold Exodus, Gangland, and The Floor of Heaven. Blum is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. While at the New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the father of three children, and lives in Connect ...moreMore about Howard Blum...