Orces and stories are plentiful of the incompetence of political officers in the field but in the example 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 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 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 an exaggeration 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 events I got an itch to learn about Middle Eastern Israeli relations Fortunately for me and unfortunately for my wife child and anyone else 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 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 names especially from all sides were unfamiliar to me and with the exception 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 etc etc Eventually based on false reports that Israel was going to attack Syria Egypt s leader Gamal Abdel Nasser moved troops into the Sinai and ejected the UN observers stationed there He also closed the Straits of Tiran I could attempt to relate but maybe it s best if ou 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 each day gets its own 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 enter 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 him the chance to back off Hussein did not So Israel went on the offensive there as well bagging Jerusalem the process Towards the end 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 is precious little consideration given to illuminating characters and 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 ou the movement of each battalion he does not always make sure to explain why that mattered There are maps to be sure and detailed maps Unfortunately each map tries to be everything at once so there are arrows each a different shade of black or gray covering the page in an attempt to capture every 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 enough 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 whole making of the Middle East is mostly implied Oren goes only cursorily into the nuts and bolts of the postwar echoes new territorial boundaries land for peace settlements Arab 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 my escape 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 every person there is a ghost The Middle East is still an evolving 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 subject 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. Comprehensive account of this epoch making event 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 electrified the world Extraordinary personalities Moshe Dayan and Gamal Abdul Nasser Lyndon Johnson and Alexei Kosygin rose and top.
Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Michael B. OrenI 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 events It was great to have all the information in one place in chronological order It helped me to understand the events 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 events leading to the war as well as the war itself I noted the author was born and educated 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 events If ou are interested in the history of Israel or the Middle East this book will provide information about an important eventI read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is almost eighteen hours Robert Whitfield does an excellent job narrating the book 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 t exist 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 extent 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 events 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 especially Jordan s troops in the West Bank and Syrian soldiers on the Golan The Israelis could have easily 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 enemies fight for its destruction and it cannot retaliate in kind And somehow the Israelis are considered the bad guys by many peopleIf The Piper in the Wind 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 I read this in a flash a fewears ago It isn t a social history nor is it investigative It The Proposal 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 exhausted New review Aug 09Since I have been spending the lastear 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 embarrased about it Oren says he is givng everyone eual treatment but how can Prey you be Israeli embassador 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 historyou 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 eliciting some sympathy for King Hussein and Nasser while loathingloving Moshe Dayan that is ou get to see how it ran from the inside You get to see read about the involvement of the USSR and USA especially ambivalent and Israel s plans for the Palestinians as it became apparent that they would end up with the West Bank and Gaza Spoiler Alert The Israelis were wary of harming mosues on the way into East Jerusalem handed the Dome of the Rock over to Muslim authorities ASAP
and wanted to make a federated Palestinian state autonomous to Israel Of course still not something that Yasser Arafat wouldwanted to make a federated Palestinian state autonomous to Israel Of course still not something that Yasser Arafat would just not impossible enough And there are always our people who think that the West Bank should be annexed and the Palestinians ousted but thank goodness these 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 error of the Arab countries was their inability to estimate 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 Avivwas reported on Cairo radio that the army was penetrating Israel and laying seige to Tel Aviv 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 Michael B Oren s Six Days of War is probably the most comprehensive book published on Israel
S 1967 Conflict With1967 conflict with Arab world to date Painstakingly researched and scrupulously fair Oren s strength is dealing with the causes and effects of the war He discusses every 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 essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the politics of the region I had somewhat of a sketchy rememberance of the 6 Day War from 1967 but digging into the details was rather eye opening I d never heard of a professional army so completely breaking and running in the face of enemy Politically appointed officers is always a red flag for combat 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 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.