The Six-Day War:

The Breaking of the Middle East

  • Runtime: 15.5 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.21.2017
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio
  • Genre: Nonfiction/History
  • 15.46 hrs2/21/2017Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781538401101

One fateful week in June 1967 redrew the map of the Middle East. Many scholars have documented how the Six-Day War unfolded, but little has been done to explain why the conflict happened at all. As we approach its fiftieth anniversary, Guy Laron refutes the widely accepted belief that the war was merely the result of regional friction, revealing the crucial roles played by American and Soviet policies in the face of an encroaching global economic crisis, and restoring Syria’s often overlooked centrality to events leading up to the hostilities.

The Six-Day War effectively sowed the seeds for the downfall of Arab nationalism, the growth of Islamic extremism, and the animosity between Jews and Palestinians. In this important new work, Laron’s fresh interdisciplinary perspective and extensive archival research offer a significant reassessment of a conflict—and the trigger-happy generals behind it—that continues to shape the modern world.

Editorial Reviews

“In sum, Laron has produced a lively study…his work is to be commended.”

American Historical Review

“Scholars of political economy, US foreign relations, Middle East history, and international relations will find much food for thought here.”

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Author Biography

Guy Laron is a writer and a lecturer in the department of international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as Third World Quarterly, Journal of Cold War Studies, and International Journal of Middle East Studies. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University and a visiting fellow at University of Oxford.

Reader Biography

William Hughes is a professor of political science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. He received his doctorate in American politics from the University of California, Davis. He has done voice-over work for radio and film and is also an accomplished jazz guitarist.

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