Six Days

Six Days : How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East

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The Six-Day War was an extraordinary human drama. It swept up a generation of Israelis and Arabs whose children still cannot live peacefully in the world the war created. Today, Israel is the superpower of the region. It has nuclear weapons but has never been able to digest the land it swallowed in 1967. However big its army, it will never be at peace or feel secure until the future of this land is settled.

Thirty-six years after the end of the six days of fighting, after thousands more deaths and the failure of years of negotiation to try to reach a political settlement, Israelis and Palestinians are fighting once again on the streets in the West Bank and Gaza. It is still a low-level conflict, but if another full-blown Middle East war breaks out, its roots will lie in those six days in June 1967.

Drawing on his experiences as the BBC's former Middle East correspondent, and building on extensive original research and interviews with some of the key participants, Jeremy Bowen uses his vast array of contacts to weave together a completely convincing and compelling account, hour by hour, of the 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan and Syria. As insightful as the best modern history writing and as gripping as fiction, this is a major debut by an author with superb media contacts.
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  • Electronic book text | 432 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1471114759
  • 9781471114755

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"Literary Review" Gripping...You emerge from the book feeling you have been as close an observer of a war as you are ever likely to be. "Daily Telegraph" [A] fast-paced history...Bowen provides an hour-by-hour narrative of the war, which is surely the most gripping military tale since the fall of France in the Second World War. "Time Out" Bowen tells the story as it deserves to be told: as a thriller, the more compelling for being true...Bowen writes like a television reporter talks -- succinctly, precisely, unsentimentally -- but the style and structure allow him to pile cliff-hanger upon cliff-hanger. Even though we know how it ends, it is gripping stuff, full of meticuously disinterred detail and acutely sketched personalities...Engrossing.
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About Jeremy Bowen

Jeremy Bowen is Middle East Editor for the BBC and has covered the majority of breaking news and stories from the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War. He is the author of two previous books: Six Days and War Stories.
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