Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East
- Publish Date: 2003-06-03
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Michael B. Oren
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER â¢Â The first comprehensive account of the epoch-making Six-Day War, from the author of Ally
Though it lasted for only six tense days in June, the 1967 Arab-Israeli war never really ended. Every crisis that has ripped through this region in the ensuing decades, from the Yom Kippur War of 1973 to the ongoingÂ intifada, is a direct consequence of those six days of fighting.
Writing with a novelistâs command of narrative and a historianâs grasp of fact and motive,Â Michael B.Â Oren reconstructs both the lightning-fast action on the battlefields and the political shocks that electrified the world. Extraordinary personalitiesâMoshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser, Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosyginârose and toppled 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 changedâin the Middle East and in the world. A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative,Â Six Days of WarÂ is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.
Praise for Six Days of War
âPowerful . . . A highly readable, even gripping account of the 1967 conflict . . . [Oren] has woven a seamless narrative out of a staggering variety of diplomatic and military strands.ââThe New York Times
âWith a remarkably assured style, Oren elucidates nearly every aspect of the conflict. . . . Orenâs [book] will remain the authoritative chronicle of the war. His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome.ââThe Atlantic Monthly
âThis is not only the best book so far written on the six-day war, it is likely to remain the best.ââTheÂ Washington Post Book World
âPhenomenal . . . breathtaking history . . . a profoundly talented writer. . . .
This book is not only one of the best books on this critical episode in Middle East history; itâs one of the best-written books Iâve read this year, in any genre.ââThe Jerusalem Post
â[In] Michael Orenâs richly detailed and lucid account, the familiar story is thrilling once again. . . . What makes this book important is the breadth and depth of the research.ââThe New York Times Book Review
âA first-rate new account of the conflict.ââThe Washington Post
âThe definitive history of the Six-Day War . . . [Orenâs] narrative is precise but written with great literary flair. In no one elseâs study is there more understanding or more surprise.ââMartin Peretz, Publisher, The New Republic
âCompelling, perhaps even vital, reading.ââSan Jose Mercury News