Six Days of War

Six Days of War : June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

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In Israel and the West, it is called the Six-Day War, in the Arab world it is known as the June War, or simply as 'The Setback'. Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen and largely unwanted by both sides, so transformed the world. "Six Days of War" is the most comprehensive history ever published of this dramatic and pivotal event, the first to explore it both as a military struggle and as a critical episode in the global Cold War. Oren spotlights all the participants - Arab, Israel, Soviet and American - telling the story of how the war broke out and the shocking ways it more

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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 340.2g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 16pp b&w illustrations
  • 0141014350
  • 9780141014357
  • 664,542

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Michael Oren is an internationally recognized expert on the diplomatic and military history of the Middle East. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Shalem Centre, more

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This compelling account of one of modern history's shortest yet most significant wars comes together under the guiding hand of the author and academic Michael B Oren, a recognized authority on the Middle East, who is keen to point out that it's the end result of the efforts and expertise of many. Drawing on recently declassified documents and archives as well as interviews carried out with many of the key players in the unfolding drama, these pivotal six days in 1967 come to life in the context of what happened before, during and after, locally and globally. The effects of June 1967 resonate as powerfully than ever, and for many of those closely associated with the maelstrom of Middle East politics, it is fair to say that 'the war has never ended'. It's a Herculean task, then, to look at such an emotive matter objectively, but this book succeeds, taking a balanced look at the diplomacy and the behind-the-scenes machinations. With the Syrians, the Soviets and the Americans, Zionism, colonialism and the Balfour declaration all being added to the mix along with the consequences of European anti-Semitism, UN Resolution 181 and the limited resources of the region, it was clearly only a matter of time before the pressure became too much to contain. Interestingly, two of the protagonists are still at the epicentre, very much as they were in the 1960s. That both men - Ariel Sharon and Yasser Arafat - refused to be interviewed for this book tells a tale in itself. Sadly, all these years later the Middle East situation grips us as much as it ever did in the increasingly bleak daily news reports. If you're interested in why this should still be the case, you need look no further than this superb scholarly yet accessible work. (Kirkus UK)show more

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