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1967 by Tom Segev
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Jan 15, 12

bookshelves: middle-eastern-history

1967 covers a pivotal year for Israel that transformed it into a modern state and established it as a power in the Middle East. Tom Segev writes to cover the build up to the war including military, social, political and cultural factors that led to it and then explores how these changed Israel afterwards. I do agree with all of the reviewers that this book is written like a novel and it is not well done. The story is fascinating and it is told well but the organization is lacking and there are several points where you just want to scream get to the point. The transitions between the cultural side and the political side are not well made although he gets better with those at the end. The details of the war are covered in minimalist fashion (if you want more details on the war check out Michael O'Brien's book Six Day War) but primarily the political maneuverings of the Israeli government. Overall just an average book with good facts but organized poorly.

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