"[A] richly detailed and lucid account....What makes this book important is the breadth and depth of the research. Oren draws on archives, newly declassified documents, memoirs and interviews from Israel, America, Britain and what was then the Soviet Union; although the Arab state archives are sealed, he uses many Arab memoirs and accounts, giving the book a balanced tone and offering fascinating new details. SIX DAYS OF WAR...is a powerful rendering of what has turned out to be a world-historical event."
"[Oren] has done an immense amount of research in many sources, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English, and although his narrative is keyed to the Israeli perspective, this produces no significant distortion...And yet, Oren's book, for all its great learning and vivid writing is somehow unsatisfactory....The story of the war is very well told, and for its source base alone this book should now be considered the standard work of reference. Yet neither the origins nor the war come across...in any strikingly novel way. More thorough than previous accounts....Better documented, surely. Better balanced...no question. But different? Not really."
"This is a masterly book....Oren has also drawn the most penetrating and subtle assessment of the Israeli mind that I've encountered....His achievement as a writer and a historian is awesome."
From the Publisher
Written to coincide with the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Six-Day War, this meticulously detailed study chronicles Israel's pivotal and decisive victory over its Arab neighbors and offers definitive portraits of the individuals who played key roles in the conflict.
Based on newly available information in archives, this political and military history of the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict recalls the surprising and decisive victory of Israel over its adversaries that established a new balance in that region. Israeli historian Michael B. Oren's account includes portraits of leaders from both sides of the conflict, including Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, and Gamal Abdul Nasser, as well as the leaders of the two superpowers, Lyndon Johnson of the United States, and Alexei Kosygin of the Soviet Union.