Six Days of War by Michael B. Oren audiobook

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

By Michael B. Oren
Read by Robert Whitfield

Blackstone Publishing
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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. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967. Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive, Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants—Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American—that were involved in this earth-shaking clash. Drawing on thousands of top-secret documents and exclusive personal interviews, he recreates the regional and international context that, by the late 1960s, virtually assured an Arab-Israeli conflagration. A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative, Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2003 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award

A New York Times bestseller

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. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days of intense Arab-Israeli fighting in the summer of 1967.

Writing with a novelist’s command of narrative and a historian’s grasp of fact and motive, Michael B. Oren spotlights all the participants—Arab, Israeli, Soviet, and American—that were involved in this earth-shaking clash. Drawing on thousands of top-secret documents and exclusive personal interviews, he recreates the regional and international context that, by the late 1960s, virtually assured an Arab-Israeli conflagration.

A towering work of history and an enthralling human narrative, Six Days of War is the most important book on the Middle East conflict to appear in a generation.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Oren brings a novelist’s flair to recounting...the war. His meticulous research cuts through the propagandized histories on all sides.” Wall Street Journal
“Powerful…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.” New York Times
“First rate.” Washington Post
“Six Days of War is a powerful rendering of what has turned out to be a world-historical event.” New York Times Book Review
“This is not only the best book so far written on the Six-Day War, it is likely to remain the best.” Washington Post Book World
“A magisterial work that is riveting reading.” Philadelphia Inquirer
“Compelling, perhaps even vital, reading.” San Jose Mercury News
“Phenomenal…Breathtaking history…A profoundly talented writer…This book is not only one of the best books on this critical episode in Middle East history; it’s one of the best-written books I’ve read this year, in any genre.” Jerusalem Post
“With a remarkably assured style, Oren elucidates nearly every aspect of the conflict…Oren’s [book] will remain the authoritative chronicle of the war. His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome.” Atlantic Monthly
“There have been many books written on the Six-Day War; none breaks new ground like this magnificent book does.” Fouad Ajami, NPR
“This is the most complete history to date of the Six-Day War of 1967.” Publishers Weekly
“Oren is not only a lucid, compelling writer, but reader Robert Whitfield is a master at narrative drive through intonation alone. The listener cannot put this book down. A triumph.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by MarkG 9/13/2017
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Great story

Contains enough background about the history of Israel to achieve a perfect balance with the narrative. Probably biased in favour of the Israelis but it wasn't obvious to me.

Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 17.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English