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Seeds of the Spirit 2000 eSending of their great victories The other overwhelming impression the book gave me is of how ignorant the Egyptians were of what the Israelis were doing despite thevidence in front of them The rest of the world was also largely ignorant of how bad the situation was on the ground and how fast Pin-Up everything changed It reminded me of how the world blundered into war in 1914 This book tells a complicated story very well This is a wonderfully concise well written history of the war between Israel and Egypt Syria and Jordan that lasted only six days in June 1967 The Arabs got pounded and Israel seized the West Bank Gaza the Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula The war though won by Israel also brought that country decades of additional strife that continues to this day It also made the Arab nations determined to wipe out the Jewish stateOren has written a fair history with all sides presented with no apparent bias or judgment He gained access to previously undisclosed material so he has records of internal meetings with all the political parties involved And there are lots of them The Middle East doesn txist in a vacuum Other nations have stuck their noses into the region In this case the Soviet Union sided with Egypt and Syria but only to an xtent never daring to get involved in the actual fighting The US played a similar role with Israel pledging undying support but no military involvement So while outside actors did their best to shape vents the real fighting and dying were done by Israelis Egyptians Syrians and JordaniansIt s true the Arab armies were routed but they did fight hard Loyal to His Lies especially Jordan s troops in the West Bank and Syrian soldiers on the Golan The Israelis could haveasily conuered Cairo Damascus and Amman but such actions would have had brought the Jewish state solid international condemnation including from the United States It must be very frustrating for Israel its The Favorite Daughter enemies fight for its destruction and it cannot retaliate in kind And somehow the Israelis are considered the bad guys by many peopleIf you wish to gain a greater understanding of the Middle East and find out why they still fight over there reading this book would be a great start Michael B Oren s Six Days of War is probably the most comprehensive book published on Israel s 1967 conflict with the Arab world to date Painstakingly researched and scrupulously fair Oren s strength is dealing with the causes andffects of the war He discusses very diplomatic move and counter move that the belligerent countries and their superpower allies the US and U S S R made and how those decisions impact Middle East policy to this day Oren is noticeably weaker when discussing the actual tactics of the war choosing to view the military units as pieces in a diplomatic chess game rather than giving the reader a sense of what the soldier on the ground was feeling although he does do a fantastic job in describing the climactic battle for JerusalemSix Days is absolutely ssential reading for anyone who wants to understand the politics of the region Egyptian and Syrian military incompetence and the sense that Israel s back was against the wall these were my impressions of the war as it was acted out Ambassador Oren s narrative confirms those vague impressions but he also provides the detail to flesh out the story Nervous breakdown fog of war big power politics and numerous other features are added to provide a clear picture of this uniuely short war that is still going on With maps handy I used Mapuest s terrain and satellite maps it is an asy *read that provides a full background gives just nough operational detail and * that provides a full background gives just nough operational detail and the vents of June1967 to the ongoing Arab Israeli contest I recommend it I found this book about the Six Days of War by Michael B Oren most interesting At the time I remember following the news about the war on T V I have read biographies of many of the key people in this book so I am very familiar with the Winter Sunshine events It was great to have all the information in one place in chronological order It helped me to understand thevents better as well as what is going on today in Israel The book is well written and meticulously researched The author covered in detail all the Naked Choke events leading to the war as well as the war itself I noted the author was born andducated in the United States but moved to Israel in 1973 Oren became Israel s Ambassador to the United States He writes with the understanding of the workings of the Israeli government Oren did not present an unbiased review of the Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good events If you are interested in the history of Israel or the Middle East this book will provide information about an importantventI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is almost Murder at the Mansion eighteen hours Robert Whitfield does anxcellent job narrating the book New review Aug 09Since 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 Healing Souls embarrased about it Oren says he is givngveryone Seductive Surrender eual treatment but how can you be Israelimbassador 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 part of a catalyst of pain and suffering of the Palestinian people With the Israeli silence surrounding criticism of their own history you wonder what this comprehensive book left out and for what purpose Old review Though the author says that he sets out to provide an objective history of the Six Day War there are two glowing descretions He s Jewish and Israeli And though again objectivity was the goal why did I find myself someone unsure of how he falls on the Jews for Israel scale thinkng Woo Way to go Israel in response to the military narrative Yes it is a good book and it is probably as objective as possible Seductive Surrender (Highland Heather Romancing a Scot, eliciting some sympathy for King Hussein and Nasser while loathingloving Moshe Dayan that is you get to see how it ran from the inside You get to see read about the involvement of the USSR and USAspecially ambivalent and Israel s plans for the Palestinians as it became apparent that they would nd up with the West Bank and Gaza Spoiler Alert The Israelis Were Wary Of wary of mosues on the way into East Jerusalem handed the Dome of the over to Muslim authorities ASAP and wanted to make a federated Palestinian state autonomous to Israel Of course still not something that Yasser Arafat would accept just not impossible nough And there are always your people who think that the West Bank should be annexed and the Palestinians ousted but thank goodness these. Comprehensive account of this poch making vent Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive Oren reconstructs both the lightning fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that lectrified the world Extraordinary personalities Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin rose and top. ,

This was a book I d been meaning to read for a very long time and one that sat on my virtual shelf for nearly two years I d bought it on a lark back then and my xpectations going into it now were that it would be a detailed unbiased telling of the 1967 Middle Eastern conflict and that it would live up to the subtitle and draw connections to contemporary personalities and The Deepest Sin events from 2002 when it was published I d say it met thosexpectations for the most part as a narrative but I m left wanting synthesis and insight from the author Michael B Oren Who interestingly nough gave up his American citizenship to serve as Israel s ambassador to Washington That the book is mostly objective if not without bias and blind spots was a pleasant surprise to me thereforeThis is a well researched book and weaves the palace intrigues as reported by various key political and military players with information gleaned from official records and first hand accounts from the field to give a blow by blow account of the war It takes its time to stablish the context of the war which I appreciated given how dynamic the Middle East is was The six days of action are also well narrated and I had little trouble if any with following the action though I did digress several times to look up maps and Wikipedia ntries on people places and vents as any good history buff should when reading I just wish the author had been as careful in recounting the aftermath and that the book had laborated on the thesis implied by that subtitle the last chapter does a somewhat hurried job of this and disappoints a bit in by uestioning whether or not this conflict on its own was as significant as suggested or not I felt a bit cheatedTaking a step back reading this book did help me understand the region better and I again found it remarkable how the things change the they remain the same or if you ll forgive another clich how history repeats itself 1967 had a militant Assad a belligerent Israel an indecisive but meddling America an aggrieved Palestine an Egypt in turmoil a Jordan caught in the middle sounds familiar Well xcept there s no USSRIt s also uite a depressing read in a way because you can t help but feel that way as you realize how messed up that hoary region s history is and how deep the grievances behind the Israel Palestine issue really run A worthwhile read in the nd if you re a history buff I read this in a flash a few years ago It isn t a social history nor is it investigative It yields a basis for an ideology I accept that I just read this review and it upset my indifference What can I say I m xhausted I had somewhat of a sketchy rememberance of the 6 Day War from 1967 but digging into the details was rather ye opening I d never heard of a professional army so completely breaking and running in the face of nemy Politically appointed officers is always a red flag for combat forces and stories are plentiful of the incompetence of political officers in the field but in the xample of the Egyptian Army the senior officers broke and ran away immediatelyand the rest of the army simply followed Appalling This was a very well researched and well written book Ignorance Can be the greatest ally or the greatest nemy of an army at war In the book Six Days of War Michael B Oren xplains in considerable detail how Arab ignorance and mistrust was the real key to the vastly outnumbered Israelis defeating three Arab armies in just six days Oren shows how the Israelis called up all of their reserves and prepared for weeks to attack Egypt Israelis called up all of their reserves and prepared for weeks to attack Egypt Egypt attacked them or to defend if Egypt attacked first And yet the Israeli attack on June 5 1967 came as a complete surprise to the commander of the Egyptian ArmyThe reasons are complicated but Oren makes a strong case that Field Marshall Abdel Hakim Amer supreme commander of Egyptian forces filled the upper ranks of the Egyptian military with cronies shoving aside talented leaders preparing for a coup against his childhood friend President Gamel Abdel NasserThe Israelis put Moshe Dayan in charge of the military just months before the war another signal to anyone paying attention that the war plans were for an attack Also just months before the war the Egyptians blockaded the Israeli port in Elat and all shipping Time pressure pushed the Israelis
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act and yet Egyptians blustered and waited and did not prepare for an attack let alone prepare for their own On June 5 nearly the ntire Israeli Air Force attacked air bases all across Egypt By the afternoon than 80% of the Egyptian Air Force was burning wreckage most of it on the ground Cratering charges made the airfields useless At the same time the Israeli Defense Forces IDF rolled into Sinai in a multi pronged attack that succeeded so fast and so well that the most optimistic Israeli leaders could not believe it With so much of the IDF fighting on the ground and in the air in Sinai driving toward Egypt if the Jordanian and Syrian armies had attacked Israel would have to stop the attack and defend itself at minimum pulling all air support away from Egypt Both the Syrians and the Jordanians had sworn mutual aid in case of attack But nothing happened Ira also was to attack in support of Egypt It s forces sat in Jordan and Syria On June 7 fighting started near Jerusalem The Israelis had no plans to recapture Jerusalem but the Jordanians fired on the IDF from the Mount Scopus and other heights in Jerusalem the IDF attacked to take out the guns and by the night of June 9 10 retook Jerusalem and had the Jordanian army including the vaunted Arab Legion in full retrat all across the West Bank of the Jordan RiverDuring this period the Syrians shelled Israeli settlements The settlers on the frontier howled for help On June 10 the IDF attacked in the North toward Syria If the Syrians had attacked the Israelis would have been obliged to stop their offensives in Jordan and Egypt But the Syrians shelled civilians and stayed have been obliged to stop their offensives in Jordan and Egypt But the Syrians shelled civilians and stayed Their army like the other two Arab armies was in headlong retreat on June 11 In war the mistakes of the Snowflakes on the Sea enemy are often as important as the plans of the winners In this case arrogance and mistrust among the Egyptian leaders was followed by a betrayal by their allies Thend was Israel than doubling in territory and smashing three Arab armies Oren Wrathful Chaos: Five Books of Satanic Philosophy explains battles in great detailspecially retaking Jerusalem and the air attack that won the war on the first day He also gives the reader a lot of detail about propaganda Egypt used its media to deny their losses and tell the world they were winning the war Part of the hesitation of the Jordanians and Syrians to come to the aid of Egypt was the glowing reports Egypt was. Though it lasted for only six tense days in June the 1967 Arab Israeli war never really nded Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the nsuing decades from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoing intifada is a direct conseuence of those six days of fighting Michael B Oren’s magnificent Six Days of War an internationally acclaimed bestseller is the first.

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

People were on the Israeli margins in 1967 Israel is seen best as a thriving democracy shown through its fractious cabinet its loathing of the prime minister and its fear of international sanction while the fatal rror of the Arab countries was their inability to stimate Israel as such After the Egyptians lost their air force in the first few hours it was reported on Cairo radio that the army was penetrating Israel and laying seige to Tel Aviv Even Nasser was a victim of his own system no one told him the truth until it was much too late A fast read Finished in less than a week My actual literal fake wood and screw bookshelf has two shelves devoted to unread books that I have accumulated and continue to accumulate at a fantastic pace Thanks a lot cheap white wine and s one click shoppingThe downside to my book hoarding is that it is used against me Humanism: The Greek Ideal and its Survival 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 anxaggeration The upside to having a minor bookstore s worth of never perused material is that I m often prepared when a sudden mood strikes Instead of going to a library or signing into I can just go to my bookshelf and voila instant gratificationRecently spurred by current Love 2.0 (A Cates Brothers Book, events I got an itch to learn about Middle Eastern Israeli relations Fortunately for me and unfortunately for my wife child and anyonelse who depends on my paycheck I had several titles on hand including Martin Gilbert s massive Israel A History Feeling a bit less ambitious I chose instead Six Days of War by Michael Oren about the so called Six Day War fought from June 5 to June 10 1967 After all the Middle East is a lot of history bloody tragic comic tragic to swallow I thought it best to start with only six daysThe chronology of the war gives this book its framework Oren starts with a series of contextual chapters one chapter devoted to a sweeping overview of Israel and the Arabs another chapter tightly focused on the catalysts of the war and a third given over to the unfortunate mechanics a delayed telegram a gambler s gambit and fear fear fear that triggered open conflict These opening chapters The Fix especially the first were the driest reading for me And also the most confusing I m a bit of a newbie to Middle Eastern history while Oren writes with an authoritative assurance that his readers have a bit of background knowledge The namesspecially from all sides were unfamiliar to me and with the xception of a few men Dayan Nasser the personalities never really popped off the page Some of my confusion of course comes from the fact that this troubled area of the world is a complicated mess The precipitant of the Six Day War was border incursions along the Syrian Israeli frontier Palestinian guerrillas used Syria as a base of operations Israel accused them of harboring terrorists tc tc Eventually based on false reports that Israel was going to attack Syria Egypt s leader Gamal Abdel Nasser moved troops into the Sinai and jected the UN observers stationed there He also closed the Straits of Tiran I could attempt to relate but maybe it s best if you just re listened to Billy Joel s We Didn t Start the Fire It s all there or less Importantly all these regional tensions played out against the backdrop of the Cold War The USSR backed Syria and Egypt while the US stood behind Israel The little guys did their best to draw in the big guys while the big guys did their best to rein in the little guys while still giving them lots of guns to play with Eventually hemmed in on three sides Syria to the north Jordan to the west Egypt to the south and with no assurance of American help Israel attacked The first day of war ach day gets its day of war ach day gets its chapter was decisive The Israeli Air Force destroyed the Egyptian Air Force while it was on the ground while her ground troops routed the Egyptians army under Abdel Amer who lied about his defeat for so long that one has to wonder at his mental stability Meanwhile King Hussein of Jordan decided to nter the fray on Egypt s behalf Thinking this mostly a bluff Israel gave him the chance to back off Hussein did not So Israel went on the offensive there as well bagging Jerusalem in the process Towards the nd of the six days with the west and south secure Israel captured the Golan Heights defended by Syria for good measure All this information is conveyed in what can only be termed drab unadorned prose There is precious little consideration given to illuminating characters and a paucity of vivid first person accounts The tactical aspects of the war is conveyed academically as though this were a staff ride rather than a general history Oren makes sure to tell you the movement of The Casa Mono Cookbook each battalion he does not always make sure toxplain why that mattered There are maps to be sure and detailed maps Unfortunately ach map tries to be verything at once so there are arrows ach a different shade of black or gray covering the page in an attempt to capture very movement during all six days It should probably be noted that Michael Oren is now the Israeli Ambassador to the United States I didn t detect any overt bias other than the bias of fact that Israel won the Arabs lost I m sure that won t matter to people with strong opinions Those with a pro Palestinian bent will find this volume a Zionist screed those who are pro Israeli hawks will undoubtedly conclude that Oren did not go far nough in lauding the IDF The average reader like me will probably find very little in this understated and un inflammatory work to get passionate about at allThe subtitle to Oren s work is June 1967 and the Making Of The Modern Middle East That Second Part The of the Modern Middle East That second part the making of the Middle East is mostly implied Oren goes only cursorily into the nuts and bolts of the postwar choes new territorial boundaries land for peace settlements Arab Lachlan's Protg (English Edition) embarrassment Israeli hubris and the seeds of the Yom Kippur War As an avowed history nut there is a very real reason I mostly avoid reading about certain topics such as Vietnam and the Middle East The reason is this history is a hobby If I want to be stressed out and anxious well I already am History then is myscape It s soothing to slip into the a distant time period such as the American Civil War The stakes were just as high The death just as real The same passions that grip us now gripped us then But very person there is a ghost The Middle East is still an volving bloody perhaps intractable mess It practically begs the removed observer to simply look away With that said the faults in Oren s book may well be my own bias against the subjec. Pled from power as a result of this war; borders were redrawn; daring strategies brilliantly succeeded or disastrously failed in a matter of hours And the balance of power changed in the Middle East and in the world A towering work of history and an nthralling human narrative Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation. Six Days of War June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
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